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Emma Thompson, lead actress in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

Reaction: I'm thrilled with my nomination ... I was up and about 8:30 a.m. wrapping Christmas presents, so I gave a little woop of excitement and then, of course, thought of what to wear and where to hide the band-aids. How did you approach playing P.L. Travers, such a such a complex and contrarian character? She was a scary character to play because of her complexities ... She was terribly unpredictable. I love the fact that she was honest and direct. I value that as I get older ... She had no respect for the medium of film. She thought of herself as a poet. What other performances/films have you admired this year? I haven't seen them all. I wrote a letter to Cate Blanchett [}Blue Jasmine"] ... It was a consummate performance. I've met ladies like the character she played in the Hamptons. Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images
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