Emma's A Gem

Britain's Emma Thompson glides from Howards End to Oscar's favorite

EMMA THOMPSON LAUGHS -- A hearty, conspiratorial, practiced laugh -- as she listens gleefully to an American telling her that her comic sex scene with Jeff Goldblum in The Tall Guy was shown on New York City's X-rated cable show Midnight Blue.

Emma Thompson frets -- she knits her brow into a virtual sweater of remembered frustration -- as she recalls her years as an academic grind at Camden School for Girls in London. "The one thing I really regret," she says, "is not having read Homer in the original Greek."

Emma Thompson is not your typical Oscar-nominated actress.

Oscar sure-thing...

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