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Great Performance: Sally Field

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Paola Kudacki for TIME 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.”

For our 2013 Great Performances portfolio, TIME spoke with Sally Field, nominated for an Oscar as Best Support Actress for her role as Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln.

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.”

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