Sally Field: Will the Oscar like her again?

The Academy Awards are tonight. I’ve seen a lot of the movies and actually posted on the Best Animated Short nominees, and saw all of the Live Action Short nominees, which were fascinating, especially “Henry” and “Death of a Shadow.”

And this was a pretty good year in movies, so I don’t have any real favorites for any of the major categories.¬† Except for one.

Anne Hathaway is considered the shoo-in for “Les Mis√©rables,” but I really would like to see Sally Field win for “Lincoln.”

Field is a great actress. We old people remember her when she was “Gidget” and “The Flying Nun” on TV. We remember that weird romance with Burt Reynolds that ended up with her in those bad “Smokey and the Bandit” movies in the ’70s. We’ve seen the weird Hollywood treatment of actresses of a certain age; how in 1988, she played the love interest of Tom Hanks in “Punchline,” and six years later, she played his mother in “Forrest Gump.”

We also remember when we realized she was a great actress, with the performance as the woman with multiple-personality disorder in the TV movie “Sybil” in 1976. Then she went two-for-two in Best Actress Oscar nominations, winning for “Norma Rae” in 1979 and “Places in the Heart” in 1984.

But when she won her second Oscar, she was unfairly ridiculed for this acceptance speech:

We hear a lot of snark about people being phony and insincere in moments like these, but here we have someone who is truly moved that her peers acknowledge her work, and she speaks honestly. She lets the world know how she feels. And the result was she got ridiculed, for years afterward, with the “You like me” jokes.

So I want to see Sally Field win the Oscar tonight. I want to see her walk up on that stage, hold that golden statue, look over the crowd and say, “Wow! Looks like you still like me!”

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