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Sally Field talks about how the Oscars have changed

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02/08/2013 by OnTheRedCarpet.com Staff

Two-time Oscar winner and current nominee Sally Field recently described how she has seen the Oscar ceremony evolve since she was first nominated and won in 1980 for her lead role in "Norma Rae."

"It's a group effort that seems to be getting bigger and bigger and bigger," she told OTRC.com. "When I was first a part of the Academy Awards [it] was in the 80s, early 80s, and it wasn't like this."

"I literally went and got a dress from the store the day before. Said, 'Does this fit? Ok good, this will work,'" she added. "But boy, it's just a big old thing."

The 66-year-old actress, who is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "Lincoln," also joked about how the award show would feel different for her this time around.

"Well I know it will be different because it's in a whole different place, first of all, a different arena. And my feet hurt more than they used to, that's part of it," she said. "But without being silly anymore, I don't really know if it's different but I feel so incredibly proud to be a part of 'Lincoln' and really I'm there representing the film."

Field would go on to win a second Oscar in 1985 for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her part in "Places in the Heart" and delivered her famous "You like me" speech. Check out a video of the speech here.

"They're very complicated women," Field said of her Oscar-winning and nominated roles. "Edna from 'Places of the Heart' and Mary [of 'Lincoln] are both period pieces. They come from a different era when women were really not allowed a place at the table and life was hard. And then Norma [of 'Norma Rae'] was also a look at women when life was not easy. But then how can it be an interesting story if it's easy?"

As for how she keeps working despite the fact that there are few roles for women over 40 in Hollywood, Field said that being flexible and going outside of the film industry helps.

"You have to go where the work is. It may not be the life you thought was the life you might want or 'Oh it's so prestigious and great to be in great big movies all the time,' but that's not where the work is," Field, who worked on the television series "Brothers & Sisters" for five seasons, said. "So you go and you find the work."

Check out photos of the nominees, including actresses such as Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain and Jacki Weaver.

Check out a full list of 2013 Oscar nominations. The Oscar ceremony will air live on Sunday, February 24 on ABC, OTRC.com's parent company.

You can also check out the interactive My Picks 2013 Official Oscar Ballot.

Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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