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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Meryl Streep’s ode to Emma Thompson

We are all about poetry here at P&P (wait, what am I slipping into first person plural for? There’s nobody but me here), so it was quite impossible to resist passing along Meryl Streep’s rhyming tribute to Emma Thompson, read last night at the National Board of Review awards. Streep, presenting Best Actress to Emma Thompson (for “Saving Mr. Banks”), announced that she had a short, sweet version of her speech and a “long, bitter, more truthful version”; the audience urged her to deliver the long one. It’s terrific – read the whole speech here; among other things, she calls out Walt Disney for being sexist and describes Thompson as someone who “works like a stevedore, she drinks like a bloke, and she’s smart and crack and she can be withering in a smack-down of wits, but she leads with her heart” –  and concludes with this, “An Ode to Emma, or What Emma Is Owed:”

We think the Brits are brittle, they think that we are mush
They are more sentimental, though we do tend to gush
Volcanoes of emotion concealed beneath that lip
Where we are prone to guzzle, they tip the cup and sip
But when eruption bubbles from nowhere near the brain
It’s seismic, granite crumbles, the heart overflows like rain
Like lava, all that feeling melts down like Oscar gold
And Emma leaves us reeling, a knockout, truth be told

OK, can Meryl please host all awards shows from now on? Please?

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