Who else thinks her performance is underrated? People gripe about acting in the prequels (not without grounds, I admit), and yet seem to overlook Shmi. I think Ms August was very convincing as a loving, but firm mother of a bright, talented boy. Her scenes with Jake were warm and I think she brought the best out of him. Her suffering in AoTC was also believable (I wish she had more screen time). You really start wondering if Jedi training Anakin was a big mistake. Had he stayed with Shmi, he might have grown up with fewer issues, maybe become a pilot and even freed the slaved like he'd wanted.