By TIME Photo Department
February 7, 2013

Sally Field
Performance: Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln (Oscar nomination, Best Supporting Actress)

“Had there not been a Mary Todd, there wouldn’t have been an Abraham Lincoln,” Field says of the mercurial First Lady. “She was complicated and brilliant, and she had a keen sense of where she would be placed in history — she would not be looked at fondly.”

The Performers Speak:


Amy Adams

Sally Field

John Hawkes

Quvenzhané Wallis

Anne Hathaway & Hugh Jackman

Christoph Waltz

John Goodman

Naomi Watts

Jessica Chastain

See a Compilation of Highlights from the 2013 Great Performers

More Portraits of the 2013 Great Performers by Paola Kudacki

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