And the Winner Is... Feud: Bette and Joan


And the Winner Is...

Drama series. The relationship between Joan and Bette becomes even more strained when Bette is nominated for an Academy Award.


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Dateline: Hollywood, California.

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Tinseltown readies itself for its grandest of nights -

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the Academy Awards.

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This year's Oscars promises to be an absolute nail-biter

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between favourites Lawrence Of Arabia and The Music Man.

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But the real trouble in River City,

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and the race everyone is talking about,

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is the contest to see who will be crowned Best Actress.

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Here's icy beauty Lee Remick,

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nominated for her turn as Jack Lemmon's boozy bride.

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Skipping the wine and sticking to roses, Lee?

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Kooky Anne Bancroft,

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who brought her inimitable Annie Sullivan to the screen

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in Arthur Penn's The Miracle Worker,

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will be working a miracle herself

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to make the curtain in her latest Broadway triumph.

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Golden Globe winner Geraldine Page out walking her pooch.

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Will Oscar follow the Globe's lead

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and give Tennessee Williams' latest muse

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Hollywood's highest honour?

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With her ninth nomination, screen legend Katharine Hepburn

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will not be making a Long Day's Journey

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to the West Coast this year,

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as she plans once again to sit out the festivities

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in her Connecticut hideaway.

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But all the Vegas odds-makers

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say the smart money is on Bette Davis.

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It's an honour just to be nominated...again.

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Miss Davis, do you have any comment on the Academy

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snubbing your co-star, Joan Crawford?

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-Define "snub."

-Next question.

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One thing's for sure, no matter who wins, history will be made

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in three weeks when Frank Sinatra hosts the 35th Academy Awards.

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The 1963 Oscars.

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I have to say that's when things took such an ugly turn.

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Not that everything was

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sunshine and lollipops up until then,

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but it was the Academy Awards that year

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when it became the point of no return

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for both Bette and Joan.

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I truly believed that the ladies

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would put aside their natural personal enmity,

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but there were so many people who profited

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from them being at each other's throats.

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The studio, the publicity people,

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and of course, the columnists.

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I know first-hand.

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Unscrupulous reporters did everything they could to sow hatred

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between myself and my own sister.

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The actress Joan Fontaine is your younger sister.

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Well, she's not that much younger, but, yes.

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So there is no feud between you two?

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A feud implies continuing hostile conduct

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between two parties.

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I can't remember an instance

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where I instigated hostile behaviour.

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You refused to speak to her backstage after your 1947 Oscar win.

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You're referring to that photo of me in Photoplay magazine.

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I wasn't turning my back on my sister in that photo.

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I just didn't see that she was there.

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It's hard to imagine

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the pressure the Academy Awards puts on one.

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Which brings us back to Bette and the other Joan.

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Well, it all started, I remember, with the nominations.

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And understandably, Joan was hurt,

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because she was snubbed.

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Unfortunately, dear Bette wasn't about to offer her any solace.

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But Joan, being a fighter,

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wasn't about to let one tiny detail

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like not being nominated push her out of the limelight.

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The very day of the nominations,

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Joan marched herself down to the Motion Picture Academy

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and demanded to see Mr Wendell Corey,

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the President of the Academy.

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Mr Corey, Joan Crawford's headed this way and she's not slowing down.

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Joan, I can promise you, the vote tally is beyond reproach.

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The people at Price Waterhouse are honest to a fault.

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Wendell, I'm confident under your stewardship

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that everything here at the Academy is above board.

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I wish all the worthy nominees good luck and Godspeed.

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I'm here to offer my services.

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As it turns out, I'm available to present this year.

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Either Best Picture or Best Director.

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You decide which.

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Oh, well, that's...

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That's very generous.

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Of course I'm going to require a few things.

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I'd appreciate it if the Academy could pay for my hair and make-up.

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And, of course, provide a car and chauffeur.

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Well, we don't do that for presenters.

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You will for me.

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I believe if Bette had said to even one reporter

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that she regretted Joan not getting a nod,

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all that unpleasantness would have gone away.

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She came across as cold

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and unsympathetic to some,

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but really she was nervous.

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Terribly so.

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PHONE RINGS

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Bonsoir. I have a person-to-person call

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for Mademoiselle de Havilland from Mademoiselle Davis.

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Oh. Yes, of course, operator.

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-LINE CONNECTS

-Bette?

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Livvie. I have no idea what time it is there. Did I wake you?

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No, not at all. I was just reading what passes as a script

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for a new movie they've offered me.

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Anything in it for me?

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Not unless you want to play a wino or a hoodlum.

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The title alone makes me want to shudder.

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Lady In A Cage.

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-CHUCKLING

-Just sounds so awful.

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Awful! And if you don't snap it up, I will.

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I doubt very much indeed that it will bring you your fourth Oscar.

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-Don't jinx me, I haven't won the third one yet.

-You will.

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In only a few weeks' time, too.

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You know I'll be pulling for you.

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Pulling for me? You're going to be sitting right next to me.

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Oh, you can't really expect me to travel all that way

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for an award show.

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You bet your ass I can.

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Oh, Livvie, you have no idea what they've been saying

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about me in the press.

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About you and Joan, you mean?

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-Christ, is it in the French papers, too?

-In any language, all they want

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is a catfight.

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-You have to stop giving it to them.

-I know.

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I should be kinder, I want to be,

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but she sets me off.

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I know the impulse well.

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But two words -

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"No...comment."

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Easy for you to say. My Joan is FAR worse than your Joan.

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Not possible.

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You know what my bitch sister has taken to telling the press?

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That I broke her collarbone when we were children.

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Can you imagine?

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And the press...just gobbles it up.

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Monsters.

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Livvie, you have to come.

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The goddamn Hollywood press, they won't be able to say shit about me

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if there's another woman of comparable stature supporting me.

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Comparable to Joan's stature, you mean.

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What else would I mean?

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-LIV IN VOICEOVER:

-Bette was never easy.

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But I know she respects me.

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We both have two Oscars, and she knew that winning another one

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didn't matter that much to me,

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so I wasn't competition to her, I suppose.

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I was never a threat.

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In her mind, I was always Melanie Wilkes

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to her Scarlett O'Hara.

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Of course, I really was Melanie Wilkes.

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Her third Oscar.

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You always did stink at math, Joanie, not a third Oscar.

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Her tenth nomination, her eighth loss.

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That's the way you got to think of it.

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But she is the odds-on favourite.

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Well, that's because this town loves nothing more

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than to bestow titles. And they're just itching

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to give that old nag the triple crown.

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But we're going to see she doesn't get it.

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-How?

-Mm. Easy.

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There are, as of now, 655 Academy members

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in your peer group that'll be casting a vote for Best Actress.

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We just have to get to, say, a hundred of them,

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and we can tip this thing.

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You mean actually lobby the Academy members

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-to vote against her?

-Why not?

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Well, because it will be seen as sour grapes on my part.

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And that's why you have to stay squeaky clean.

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You let me poison the well.

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You're gonna serve up nothing but rainbows and moonbeams.

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Get out your phone book.

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We're gonna play a little game I learned from Jack Webb -

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"Good cop, bad cop."

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I'll put the word out on Davis.

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You plump up the other nominees.

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Well, who do you think is her closest competition?

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Well, they're not gonna give it to that buzzard Hepburn.

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She's never once showed up to the ceremony.

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I'll bad-mouth her a little bit, too. Her and those slacks.

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Remick's no threat, they all still think of her

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as a television actress.

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Push for Page or Bancroft.

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Lean on the "Hollywood reaches out to Broadway" angle.

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One of them gets it, it'll sting her even more.

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You hate her more than I do.

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I find her vulgar.

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Besides, she thinks we're all hypocrites.

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Aren't we, though, Hedda?

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Well, of course we are,

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but I'm not gonna be judged for it, not by her.

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Hypocrisy is the tribute vice must pay to virtue.

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You've always understood that.

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She never has.

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The only reason the rest of the country allows this Babylon

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to stay standing is because it believes we have a conscience.

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And for 30 years, I have been that conscience.

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And I gave up everything for it.

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My career as an actress, my marriage,

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my dream of having many children.

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What has she sacrificed? Nothing.

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Well, then, let's make some calls.

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Chuck, it's Hedda.

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I just had to call and say how much I loved you in El Cid,

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how I adore a man in a leather skirt.

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Oh, why, thank you, Doris. That's very sweet of you.

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But I really wasn't expecting one this year.

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Oh, but I was thrilled to see Geraldine Page get nominated

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weren't you?

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Yes, a concussion. She kicked her right in the head twice.

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Joan would have been well within her rights

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to file assault charges.

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Well, I was lucky enough to see Miss Bancroft play it onstage.

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And do you know, Loretta,

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her Annie Sullivan seemed even more blind on screen?

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Why should she have three?

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You know, the one they gave her for Dangerous she uses as a doorstop?

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Mm. Her bathroom. Can you believe it?

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That poor Oscar has to watch that woman go to the toilet.

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No, Anne Bancroft is absolutely brilliant.

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Love to you, Cary.

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It's no use.

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-What are you talking about?

-It's a fool's errand.

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She's already won.

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-Joan.

-No, I don't mean today or on Oscar night.

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I have been in competition

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with that goddamn woman my entire career.

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A constant battle.

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For men, for roles, for magazine covers.

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And I don't know why.

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I was the bigger star.

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My leading men were more attractive.

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My pictures made more money.

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And yet I was always made to feel inferior.

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After years of working so hard to be

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an ambassador for Hollywood, to be part of this community,

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while she gives the industry the finger

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from her mouldy home in Connecticut.

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And yet, when presented with the opportunity,

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they nominate her...instead of me.

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It's so fucking humiliating.

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I think you've had enough of that iced tea.

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No, I mean it, Hedda.

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Something inside me broke when they announced those nominations.

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Not because I was counting on it

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or because I hoped that it would ensure

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a few more precious years of work.

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It was beyond that.

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Whatever self-confidence I had left was gone.

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She leeched it out of me!

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Oh, God, I can't believe I said I would present at those awards.

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I don't know what I was thinking. I can't go to that awards show.

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I can't show my face any more.

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Joan, you are going to those awards.

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We can get you your self-confidence back.

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-I don't see how.

-I'll tell you how.

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She may have been the one who was nominated,

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but as God as my witness,

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that woman is not going to walk off that stage

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with the Oscar for Best Actress,

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because you are.

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JAZZ PLAYING, PHONE RINGS

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Well, gee, don't get up or anything.

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-Hello.

-Gerry?

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Is this Miss Geraldine Page?

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It is. Rip, turn that down.

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I can't hear.

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This is Joan Crawford, dear,

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calling from Hollywood, California.

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-WHISPERS:

-It's Joan fucking Crawford.

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-Joan Crawford?!

-Gerry?

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Miss Crawford, how may I help you?

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I just want to say right up front that I was not upset.

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Upset? Why would you be upset?

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With the performance you were nominated for

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in Sweet Bird Of Youth.

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The faded movie queen swanning about.

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Oh, I think we all know who that was based on, dear.

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Oh, no, Miss Crawford.

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Mr Williams created that role. I was just...

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No, I was flattered, Gerry.

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Really, I was.

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You got it so close to perfect.

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Although I would never date a man under 40.

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Not enough money to keep this lady happy.

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Uh-huh?

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What does she want?

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Was there something you needed, Miss Crawford?

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No, I just wanted to say congratulations, Gerry.

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I mean, with so many wonderful performances this year

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and only five nominations,

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I was so glad to see you get recognised.

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-Thank you.

-Can you believe it's only two weeks away?

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-And I haven't even cut out potatoes yet.

-Potatoes?

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Those television cameras are many times more punishing

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than the motion picture cameras.

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Who's doing your gown?

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My gown? I hadn't really thought about my gown.

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Well, of course, you have many fine options out there in New York.

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But you want to be fitted here the day of.

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May I suggest Edith Head?

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Really, there's no-one better, dear.

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I could speak to her for you, and then, if you like,

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I could personally help you select your jewels.

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That is awfully generous of you, Miss Crawford, really,

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but I think I'm gonna try and keep it simple.

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Don't forget, Gerry.

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You're representing Hollywood.

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I mean, this broadcast will be seen all over the world.

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People depend on us to brighten their ordinary lives

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with a little glamour.

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Well, if their lives depend on my glamour,

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I've got some bad news for them.

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Well...it really is too stressful, isn't it, dear?

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Lord knows the year I was nominated for Mildred Pierce,

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I was too nervous to attend.

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No, I stayed home and faked pneumonia.

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And do you know what?

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They brought the Oscar to me.

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And in a way, it was more intimate, more of an honour.

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Is that what you think I should do?

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Stay home?

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Well, I could accept it for you.

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It's just down the road from me, and I have to be there anyway.

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I'll say lovely things and you can watch from the comfort

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of your New York one-bedroom.

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Oh...

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Sure, Miss Crawford.

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You are welcome to accept the award on my behalf.

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Really?

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Well, if that's what you want.

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Just send me a list of people to thank.

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Let's try to keep it to three names.

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Short and sweet, in my opinion, is the best.

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I will do that.

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Wonderful.

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All my love to you, Gerry.

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Miss Crawford?

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JOAN HANGS UP

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Well...

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..good news.

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I'm not going to make you put on a tux this year.

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You're actually gonna let that high-strung show pony

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represent you at the Oscars?

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Well, she needs it.

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And besides...

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Hollywood should be forced to look at what they've done to her.

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Annie...you have a visitor.

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Joan Crawford.

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Joan Crawford caught the performance?

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-Sure. Pull the other one, Lydia.

-I'm serious.

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She's right outside the door.

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Well, hell, show her in.

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Miss Crawford. What an honour.

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I just had to pop back

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and tell you what an astonishing performance you gave tonight,

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and to a half-empty house. That really is dedication.

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Well, thank you.

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You theatre gals.

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I don't know how you do it.

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Night after night, weekends,

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matinees.

0:19:460:19:48

Oh, it must be terribly taxing on your voice.

0:19:480:19:51

I drink a lot of tea.

0:19:510:19:52

Smart.

0:19:520:19:54

I was so looking forward to seeing you next week

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at the Academy Awards,

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but I read in Dorothy Kilgallen's column that you won't be attending?

0:19:590:20:04

I'm afraid not. I can't.

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I'd have to miss three performances, and I just couldn't do that

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to the people who paid to see the show.

0:20:090:20:11

It's either the work or the reward, you know.

0:20:110:20:13

So you're not mad at our little movie colony?

0:20:130:20:17

I know they gave that Shirley MacLaine

0:20:170:20:19

your part in Two For The Seesaw.

0:20:190:20:23

Well, I heard that movie stank.

0:20:230:20:25

-To high heaven.

-SHE LAUGHS

0:20:250:20:27

Good.

0:20:270:20:29

Can I offer you a drink?

0:20:290:20:31

No, no, no, no. Please, let me get it.

0:20:310:20:33

I also understand that you have requested

0:20:360:20:40

young Patty Duke to accept your prize should you win.

0:20:400:20:44

Yeah, but because she's nominated, too,

0:20:440:20:46

the Academy put the kibosh on that idea.

0:20:460:20:49

Well, that seems silly.

0:20:490:20:50

It's probably for the best, though.

0:20:520:20:54

What if I were to win for Best Actress

0:20:540:20:56

and Patty lost for Supporting?

0:20:560:20:58

I'd hate to put the kid through that.

0:20:580:21:00

But, between you and me, I think she's going to win.

0:21:000:21:05

Yes, I think she is, too.

0:21:050:21:06

And my sixth sense tells me

0:21:060:21:10

that you're going to win also.

0:21:100:21:12

Wouldn't that be something?

0:21:120:21:14

Yes, it certainly would.

0:21:140:21:15

The blind leading the blind.

0:21:150:21:18

Miss Crawford...

0:21:300:21:31

..did you fly all the way here to ask

0:21:340:21:36

if you could accept my award for me?

0:21:360:21:38

No. No, but I certainly would be happy to...

0:21:380:21:41

But would it make you happy?

0:21:410:21:44

Desperately.

0:21:490:21:50

Well, then I really hope I do win.

0:21:530:21:56

I'd be honoured to have someone of your stature

0:21:560:22:00

accept on my behalf.

0:22:000:22:01

Thank you.

0:22:070:22:08

I'm sorry. I really must go now.

0:22:110:22:13

I have a dinner engagement in an hour.

0:22:130:22:15

-It was lovely to meet you, Miss Crawford.

-Yes, and you, too.

0:22:150:22:18

Thank you.

0:22:180:22:19

-Joan?

-Hmm?

0:22:220:22:24

Davis may have had the flashier role,

0:22:260:22:29

but you made that movie work.

0:22:290:22:32

I really admired what you did.

0:22:320:22:34

Good. The jewels and the gown have been approved by Miss Crawford.

0:22:510:22:54

You know where to carefully lay them out.

0:22:540:22:56

Upstairs. She just woke up.

0:22:590:23:00

Move, move, move. Do not speak, just work.

0:23:000:23:03

That goes for everyone here.

0:23:060:23:08

Do not address Miss Crawford unless she speaks to you first.

0:23:080:23:11

And pick up the pace.

0:23:110:23:13

It is Oscar day.

0:23:130:23:15

"Dearest Bette, good luck tonight. You deserve to win.

0:23:150:23:19

"Jack Warner."

0:23:190:23:21

"Bette, take home the gold. We are so proud of you.

0:23:210:23:25

"Ronnie and Nancy Reagan."

0:23:250:23:27

Oh.

0:23:270:23:28

You're a shoo-in to win, Miss Davis.

0:23:280:23:30

Everybody thinks so.

0:23:300:23:32

So it seems.

0:23:320:23:34

Edith Head gave me this idea. Everything in silver.

0:23:390:23:42

Like a silver Oscar.

0:23:420:23:44

I think silver's so much more elegant than gold, don't you?

0:23:440:23:47

Did you know Edith already has seven Oscars?

0:23:470:23:52

-And you have two?

-Not yet.

0:23:520:23:54

OK, time to go.

0:23:540:23:56

Hair.

0:23:580:23:59

How do I look?

0:24:420:24:44

You look beautiful.

0:24:450:24:47

Like the first frost of fall.

0:24:470:24:49

Like Sonja Henie in one of those... winter wonderland skating pictures.

0:24:500:24:54

Very funny.

0:24:540:24:56

Mr Cukor, will you do the honours?

0:24:560:24:59

With pleasure.

0:24:590:25:00

You are one of my oldest friends.

0:25:070:25:09

We have known each other for 40 years,

0:25:090:25:13

and I have never bullshitted you.

0:25:130:25:15

Now, there's something I want to say to you,

0:25:150:25:18

and you need to listen.

0:25:180:25:20

Don't do this.

0:25:220:25:24

Do what?

0:25:250:25:26

Try and take it from her.

0:25:260:25:29

The night.

0:25:290:25:33

It'll be seen in all quarters for exactly what it is -

0:25:330:25:37

a petty act of revenge from a woman scorned.

0:25:370:25:40

If she doesn't win, you'll get bad press.

0:25:430:25:45

Better than no press.

0:25:450:25:47

These people will never work with you again.

0:25:470:25:49

Davis, Aldrich...

0:25:490:25:51

Good.

0:25:510:25:52

Joanie, you're bigger than this.

0:25:520:25:56

No, I'm not.

0:26:030:26:05

Christ, you always look better than me.

0:26:180:26:21

Drink?

0:26:210:26:22

Let's get one there.

0:26:220:26:23

Our chariot awaits.

0:26:230:26:25

Bette, what happened to this one?

0:26:250:26:27

Did all the gold plating fall off?

0:26:270:26:29

Rubbed off, you mean.

0:26:290:26:31

Every night when I watch television in bed, I hold it.

0:26:310:26:34

He's the perfect companion.

0:26:340:26:36

He doesn't talk back. He listens.

0:26:360:26:38

He's patient.

0:26:380:26:40

And sometimes,

0:26:440:26:46

when I need it,

0:26:460:26:48

he reminds me of that perfect night

0:26:480:26:51

when I won him...

0:26:510:26:53

and the whole world...

0:26:530:26:55

..stood up and cheered.

0:26:570:27:01

And I was loved.

0:27:010:27:03

God, that's sad.

0:27:080:27:10

Actually,

0:27:120:27:13

as a woman heading toward her second divorce,

0:27:130:27:16

I get it.

0:27:160:27:18

I get it completely.

0:27:180:27:21

Let me visit the powder room

0:27:240:27:26

and we'll be on our way.

0:27:260:27:28

Wait up for me, boys.

0:27:350:27:37

Tonight I'm bringing you home a baby brother.

0:27:370:27:40

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents

0:27:520:27:56

its 35th annual achievement awards.

0:27:560:27:59

These people, like most of us, are movie fans.

0:28:000:28:04

They've come from all over the country,

0:28:040:28:06

here to the Pacific Auditorium in Santa Monica, California,

0:28:060:28:09

to get a glimpse of their favourite movie actors,

0:28:090:28:11

as the most famous faces in the world

0:28:110:28:13

arrive to attend Oscar's coming out party.

0:28:130:28:16

Look, there's Jack Lord of Stoney Burke.

0:28:180:28:20

Eva Marie Saint.

0:28:220:28:24

There's little Patty Duke.

0:28:260:28:28

There's Lee Remick with husband Bill Colleran.

0:28:280:28:32

There's Bob Stack and Mrs Stack.

0:28:330:28:35

And Gregory Peck, a nominee for his work this year

0:28:360:28:39

as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

0:28:390:28:42

And there's Miss Bette Davis,

0:28:430:28:45

nominated tonight for her performance

0:28:450:28:47

in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

0:28:470:28:49

Miss de Havilland, is it true you flew out

0:28:490:28:51

from Paris to present the award for Best Picture?

0:28:510:28:55

I will present that award, but I travelled here

0:28:550:28:58

to be with my dear friend, Bette.

0:28:580:29:00

I'm here to see her be the first actress to win three Oscars.

0:29:000:29:05

She's the greatest.

0:29:050:29:07

And the industry owes her this.

0:29:070:29:10

What do you say to that, Miss Davis?

0:29:100:29:12

I'm not ashamed to admit I want this.

0:29:120:29:16

There's screen legend Joan Crawford.

0:29:170:29:19

She'll be presenting the Oscar tonight for Best Director.

0:29:190:29:22

Miss Crawford, Miss Crawford.

0:29:220:29:25

Your Baby Jane co-star, Bette Davis,

0:29:250:29:27

is nominated for Best Actress tonight.

0:29:270:29:30

Who did you vote for?

0:29:300:29:32

The winner.

0:29:320:29:34

Set the cold cuts right there

0:29:470:29:49

on that table.

0:29:490:29:50

Get that vodka open for the guests.

0:29:500:29:54

-What about the centrepiece?

-Just move it.

0:29:540:29:56

Miss Crawford.

0:29:570:29:58

Stan, how lovely to see you.

0:29:580:30:00

How are Judy and the children?

0:30:000:30:02

Miss Crawford, I'm sorry, but you cannot

0:30:020:30:04

turn the green room into your own private party.

0:30:040:30:07

It's against Academy bylaws.

0:30:070:30:08

Light me.

0:30:080:30:09

Drink.

0:30:170:30:19

Have a lovely evening.

0:30:190:30:21

Mamacita, touch up.

0:30:220:30:26

Now, the nominees for Best Achievement

0:30:280:30:32

in Art Direction for a Colour Production are...

0:30:320:30:34

Oh, Jesus Christ, this night.

0:30:340:30:36

What a fool, to care about anything this much

0:30:380:30:40

or want anything this much.

0:30:400:30:42

Hey, Bette, sit down.

0:30:420:30:44

..Meredith Willson's Music Man...

0:30:440:30:45

Look at me.

0:30:450:30:47

..Art direction by Paul Groesse...

0:30:470:30:49

Take a breath.

0:30:490:30:50

You are going to win.

0:30:500:30:53

The crown is yours.

0:30:530:30:55

And so is the record.

0:30:550:30:56

What did I ever do to deserve you?

0:30:580:31:01

When we were young,

0:31:010:31:03

you were one of the first to make me feel

0:31:030:31:06

I was more than a pretty face.

0:31:060:31:07

You showed me how to fight.

0:31:080:31:11

And, boy, did you fight for me at the beginning of my career.

0:31:110:31:14

And now here you are,

0:31:150:31:17

fighting for me at the end of mine.

0:31:170:31:20

Oh, don't be so maudlin.

0:31:200:31:22

Here we are at the top of Mount Olympus,

0:31:220:31:25

and all you want to do is jump off.

0:31:250:31:27

This is supposed to be a celebration.

0:31:270:31:29

Well, then, where's the booze?

0:31:290:31:32

I think Frank must've drunk it all.

0:31:320:31:34

Come on, then. Let's go to the green room

0:31:340:31:36

and get ourselves some proper swamp water.

0:31:360:31:39

You don't want to go there.

0:31:390:31:42

Why not?

0:31:450:31:47

My goodness,

0:32:030:32:05

an Oscar winner at 17.

0:32:050:32:08

The only way to go is down.

0:32:080:32:10

So, then, you are the youngest Academy Award winner

0:32:100:32:13

in history, is that right?

0:32:130:32:15

That's what they tell me.

0:32:150:32:16

-What's your pup's name?

-Bambi.

0:32:170:32:20

She's my good luck charm.

0:32:200:32:21

Well, I'll say.

0:32:210:32:23

You know, dear,

0:32:230:32:25

it isn't ladylike

0:32:250:32:26

to bring a pet to the Academy Awards.

0:32:260:32:29

The winner...

0:32:300:32:31

is France for Sundays and Cybele.

0:32:310:32:34

Good luck.

0:32:540:32:56

Miss Crawford? Your category is next.

0:32:580:33:01

Best Director? You're presenting?

0:33:010:33:02

Oh, yes. Thank you.

0:33:020:33:05

Right this way.

0:33:050:33:06

How much longer till my category?

0:33:230:33:25

Best Actress?

0:33:250:33:27

About ten minutes.

0:33:270:33:29

The nominees for Best Achievement in Directing are:

0:33:480:33:52

Frank Perry for David and Lisa,

0:33:520:33:54

Pietro Germi for Divorce Italian Style,

0:33:540:33:58

David Lean for Lawrence of Arabia,

0:33:580:34:01

Arthur Penn for The Miracle Worker,

0:34:010:34:04

and Robert Mulligan for To Kill a Mockingbird.

0:34:040:34:09

Please.

0:34:090:34:10

David Lean...

0:34:190:34:21

Lawrence of Arabia.

0:34:210:34:24

APPLAUSE

0:34:240:34:27

God bless you.

0:34:400:34:42

This limey is deeply touched and greatly honoured.

0:34:420:34:48

Thank you.

0:34:480:34:51

APPLAUSE

0:34:510:34:54

Excuse me, Miss Crawford, where should I go?

0:35:020:35:04

Follow me.

0:35:040:35:05

Cue Mr Sinatra.

0:35:050:35:07

Here is the magnificently versatile Miss Bette Davis...

0:35:070:35:10

Hello, how are you?

0:35:100:35:12

The nominees for Best Story and Screenplay...

0:35:180:35:22

Ben, nice to see you.

0:35:220:35:23

..written directly for the Screen

0:35:230:35:26

are story and screenplay by Ennio De Concini...

0:35:260:35:29

Hey, Bob.

0:35:310:35:33

..Stanley Shapiro and Nate Monaster

0:35:330:35:36

for That Touch of Mink.

0:35:360:35:39

Story and screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

0:35:390:35:43

for Through a Glass Darkly.

0:35:430:35:45

The envelope, please.

0:35:450:35:47

You're right in there.

0:35:470:35:49

-The winner is...

-Mr Lean, over here. Congratulations.

0:35:490:35:51

..those three difficult Italian names,

0:35:510:35:54

Divorce Italian Style.

0:35:540:35:57

The next award will be for the Best Actress.

0:36:100:36:14

And I am pleased to announce that, this year,

0:36:140:36:16

in addition to the Oscar, the winning actress

0:36:160:36:18

will also receive three glorious days

0:36:180:36:20

at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.

0:36:200:36:21

LAUGHTER

0:36:210:36:24

To make the presentation is last year's winner for this,

0:36:260:36:29

his provocative performance in Judgment at Nuremberg,

0:36:290:36:31

ladies and gentlemen, Mr Maximilian Schell.

0:36:310:36:33

Thank you.

0:36:430:36:44

The nominees for Best Performance by an Actress are...

0:36:520:36:55

Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker,

0:36:550:36:59

Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane,

0:36:590:37:02

Katherine Hepburn, Long Day's Journey into Night,

0:37:020:37:04

Geraldine Page for Sweet Bird of Youth...

0:37:040:37:07

and Lee Remick for Days of Wine and Roses.

0:37:070:37:10

And the winner is...

0:37:190:37:21

..Anne Bancroft...

0:37:260:37:28

for The Miracle Worker.

0:37:280:37:30

Accepting for Anne Bancroft...

0:37:300:37:32

-ECHOING:

-Miss Joan Crawford.

0:37:320:37:36

Miss Bancroft said, "Here's my little speech, dear Joan."

0:38:070:38:12

Quote: "There are three reasons why I deserve this award:

0:38:120:38:16

"Arthur Penn, Bill Gibson, and Fred Coe."

0:38:160:38:20

Unquote.

0:38:200:38:22

Thank you.

0:38:220:38:24

Miss Crawford. Beautiful, beautiful, that's great.

0:38:530:38:56

Fantastic. One more over here, Miss Crawford.

0:38:560:38:58

Beautiful, that's great. One more...

0:38:580:39:00

Oh, your hair looks great.

0:39:000:39:02

Miss Crawford,

0:39:020:39:03

would you mind a picture with the other winners?

0:39:030:39:06

Of course not, dear.

0:39:090:39:11

Mr Peck. Mr Peck, over here.

0:39:110:39:13

Right here.

0:39:130:39:14

Ladies and gentlemen of the press,

0:39:140:39:17

tonight's champions.

0:39:170:39:19

I can't believe it.

0:39:260:39:28

I just cannot believe it.

0:39:310:39:34

I'm in utter shock.

0:39:340:39:36

Double-fisting it, Bette?

0:39:400:39:42

No, John, these are not both for me.

0:39:420:39:44

This one is mine, and this one is to throw

0:39:440:39:46

in Crawford's face the next time I see her.

0:39:460:39:48

Could have made history.

0:39:560:39:58

Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

0:40:010:40:03

You still can.

0:40:030:40:05

Really, Livvie?

0:40:050:40:07

In what part? In what picture?!

0:40:070:40:10

I'm sorry.

0:40:170:40:18

I just...

0:40:210:40:23

I just thought for a moment...

0:40:230:40:27

that I was back in the game.

0:40:270:40:29

The relationship between Joan and Bette becomes even more strained when Bette is nominated for an Academy Award.

Meanwhile, Hedda Hopper hatches a plot.


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