Sally Field has reflected on her infamous Oscars acceptance speech.
The actor, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1985, took the stage and said, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me.”
Field’s words are often misquoted as: “You like me. You really, really like me.”
In a new interview with VarietyWhen asked if he finds the fact that his speech is misquoted “frustrating,” Field said, “Sometimes I want to punch them in the nose, but mostly because they never give the context of what I said before.
“When I’m talking about it, I say that I haven’t had an orthodox career, that this has been a struggle for me, but for this moment, I have to allow myself to know and feel that you like it. I.”
She continued: “And could have been more eloquent. I should have used a word like “appreciated” my work… For me, what mattered was that moment when I did it. I did it. I landed and thanked them for feeling it.”
Field won the award for Best Actress for her performance in places in the heart as a woman who ran a farm in Texas during the Great Depression.
On his detractors, he added: “Many people had no idea what they were talking about. They didn’t know what it’s like to be an artist and have your nose, ears and legs there to be ridiculed and criticized.
“They don’t know what it feels like. They are not in the arena. They’re handing out deodorant in the stands.”
Field was mocked for what was perceived by many to be the self-serving nature of the speech for many years afterward. Ella but she was also able to laugh at herself, repeating the line in a Charles Schwab bank ad in 2000.
The actor can be seen below as the mother of Lakers owner Jerry Buss in the HBO drama. Time to win: The rise of the Lakers dynastybroadcast on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK.