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Sally Field's Acting Credentials: Awards and Highlights of Storied Career

By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2015 01:51 PM

Actress Sally Field’s career began with a bang in the 60s and hasn’t slowed down since. She’s wowed audiences from the big screen and small screen, as a leading lady and supporting actress, and has collected awards and accolades for many of her performances. Read on to see Sally Field’s awards, including acting credentials and highlights of her storied career.

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Field’s first award came in the form of an Emmy, which she received for “Sybil,” a mini-series in which she portrayed a character with multiple personalities. The series was broadcast in 1976 and from then on, Field was recognized as an outstanding lead actress.

“The role was exhausting for all the best reasons, and the reaction was simply astonishing. People were literally pulling their cars over when I was walking down the street,” Field said of the role to Entertainment Weekly.

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In 1978 she was nominated for her first Golden Globe for “Smokey and the Bandit,” but didn’t win a Golden Globe until two years later for her performance in “Norma Rae.” In that film she played a mother attempting to unionize the cotton mill at which she worked despite pressure from everyone to give up. She also claimed an Oscar for Best actress that year in addition to a slew of other awards.

It wasn’t until 1985 that she won her next Oscar and Golden Globe. This time it was for “Places in the Heart,” a hopeful drama about a widowed cotton farm owner who must learn to navigate her new life with the help of a blind boarder and a black farm hand.

“The script was so exquisite. It was just an incredibly nourishing time of great work. I won many awards for that role, but not like I had won before for ‘Norma Rae,’ so this Oscar was a little less expected,” Field said to Entertainment Weekly.

Other Primetime Emmys went to Field for her guest appearance on “ER” and her lead role as Nora Walker, the matriarch of a loving but dysfunctional family, on the show “Brothers and Sisters” that lasted from 2006-2011.

In 2013 Field came close to winning another Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mary Todd Lincoln in “Lincoln,” but didn’t take home the prize. However, her co-star Daniel Day Lewis did.

In an interview with Vanity Fair on the topic of all the “Lincoln” nominations and the entirety of her career, Field said, “The gift—if awards are a gift, or a prize—for me, the gift has been having the opportunity to do this kind of work. That’s what you want. If I had my choice—if someone said, ‘O.K., Sally. You get to have the award or you get to do work of this kind of caliber with these people with this kind of text with this kind of crew and the excellence that surrounds it. These are your choices—what do you want?’ I don’t think there is an actor that would choose the award. I think the actor would always say, ‘I’ll take the work. Thanks.’”

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