76o: Sissy Spacek / Richard Baskin
Sissy Spacek's Monologue
Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen -- Sissy Spacek!
Sissy Spacek: Thank you! Thank you, it's really great to be here tonight. [ she waves her arms ] God, I can hardly believe it! I come from a really small town in Texas called Quitman -- population: 1,237. Oh, and my background didn't prepare me for a night like this. These past few months have been incredible: I'm doing my first live TV show... I got to be on the cover of Newsweek magazine... and I've been nominated for an Academy Award for my work in the film "Carrie".
[ the audience applauds ]
When I found out about -- when I found out about the nomination, I -- I called the Academy to be sure there hadn't been a mistake, and they said no, there hadn't been a mistake, uh -- and the other nominees were Liv Ullmann, Marie-Christine Barrault, Talia Shire, and Faye Dunaway. And I said, "If I come, can I keep the program?" [ she laughs ] But I do have a little speech... and with things being the way they are, I might not get a chance to deliver it on Oscar night, so... "I want to thank my mother... my father... my brother, Ed... my husband, Jack... my director, Brian DePalma... my yoga teacher... my dentist... and everyone else who helped me on my short climb to the top." Oh! And before I forget, I want to say to the Academy members -- not to influience your vote or anything -- but, when the ballets go out on Monday, just remember: my best scene was cut from "Carrie". And I'd like to, if I can, recreate that scene for you now, to give you more of an idea of my full talent.
[ tight close-up, as eerie music plays ]
It's the day after the Prom... most of the kids aren't around any more. I'm alone on a field -- a football field. It's the day of the big game. And I've elected myself... [ she attempts to rip off her outer clothing, but struggles briefly ] Whoops! [ she finally rips it al lthe way off to reveal a majorette's outfit underneath ] BATON QUEEN!!
[ Spacek catches a baton tossed toward her, as she begins to twirl it stylisticly for the audience's delight ]
We'll be right back!