Lunch Break Video: Sally Field goes a little bonkers in the cemetery scene in “Steel Magnolias”
Sally Field was terrific in Steel Magnolias as Julia Roberts’ mother. But if anything cost her a third Oscar nomination – in my opinion at least – it was this scene at the cemetery where her character loses it. After being composed through her daughter’s funeral, she’s surrounded by her friends and just loses it: “I wanna know whhhyyyyyyyyy! Whyyyyyyyyyyy!”
Okay, I’m with her.
Then she suddenly switches gears and starts saying: “No. No. I’m supposed to go first!” She kinda reminds you of Sybil – her famous Emmy winning role – in that instance and I wonder if she had to do it over again, if Sally might make another acting choice.
And yet, it is that wacko transition that makes the scene so much fun to do with your friends. So here is the scene, judge for yourself.