Piper Laurie On Not Winning The Oscar

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In her new memoir, Learning to Live Out Loud, wonderful actress Piper Laurie remembers being nominated for playing the crazed, Bible-thumping mama of the title character of Carrie, the 1976 horror classic.

Writes Piper:

"It was hard to look delighted when they announced that Beatrice Straight had won for Network.

"I liked Beatrice personally a lot and just a few weeks before had taken her to a screening of Funny Girl because she'd never seen Barbra Streisand.

"When I heard Beatrice's name, I was disappointed, and it took a little effort to put on a good face.

"I think it costs actors a lot when we feel we have to do that.

"Is that nakedly dishonest moment really worth it?

"Meryl Streep does that moment really well. She appears as though she's genuinely happy whether she wins or not.

"I think it's real.

"If not, well, that's why she's been nominated so many times."

It's true -- it's sheer genius.

But it sadly deprives us viewers of the chance to witness real hurt, which is why we watch awards shows, after all -- to see four people lose in every category!



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CMG
CMG

Beatrice Straight's character was the only sympathetic person in Network among a group of morally ambiguous at best individuals that littered the film.  With all that said, one scene should not win you an Oscar and literally, Beatrice just had one scene.  Piper Laurie is a child's worst nightmare in Carrie.  It is one thing to be a tortured soul in the high school setting but to have your own mother say you are corruptible sinner is what drives kills over the edge.  

Phyllis
Phyllis

Pipes shoulda have won. She was lettin us have it. And this time, WE liked it. WE liked it!

Rob in Philly
Rob in Philly

They should let the losers make a speech.  You could be backstage w. a microphone and camera crew and say things like, "Let it out, Sister."  "You know you were better than xyz in that movie".   Ratings would skyrocket.  

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

Saw Carrie again and I'm even more impressed with Piper Laurie this time around. She's the real monster in the movie (Carrie just seemed monstrous - but she was actually just a victim of bullying, by her mom and her classmates). Yet you'll never figure her out as you watch. Like all successful monsters, she's all charisma and pathos, and she makes you understand (emotionally) where she's coming from and why she does those terrible things to her daughter. And she does it while looking beatific in that medieval-iconic manner, verging on camp but also lashing out with measured doses of violence and pity, the way only someone who truly (and fully) understood and embraced the psychotic mind could depict.

Musto
Musto

Vodka, as the ultimate Streep fan, do you feel she does that awards-losing moment well, as Piper says?

Vodkastinger
Vodkastinger

I am obsessed with Piper's performance and though Beatrice was great Piper was epic....and God made Eve from the rib of Adam and eve was weak

Tuner
Tuner

Stephen King was on TCM last night going on and on about how great the movie of Cujo was and how Dee Wallace should have gotten an OScar,

Movielover
Movielover

Piper was just...divine...in that role!  That was one of a few Stephen King movies that translated to the screen even better than the book.  Also The Shining.  Salem's Lot wasn't bad.  Maybe it's because they had terrific directors and actors (Sissy Space Chick, Jack Nicholson, James Mason).

Quills
Quills

Beatrice was great but Piper had a lot more screen time.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

That's why I watch for the reactions of the people sitting near the nominee instead..

Bethesda
Bethesda

True, but the show would run for 12 hours, lol.

Movielover
Movielover

And didn't yuh love the way she said she liked having sex?!  "I liked it!  I liked it!!"

CMG
CMG

He really loves that adaptation.  I think he mentioned more than once that it contained the scariest moment in any of the movies based on his works.   I like it just fine but he really needs to let it go about The Shining.  

CMG
CMG

There's more than a few on that list.  Loved Misery, really liked Pet Sematary and Christine, The Dead Zone was good but Cronenberg made it his own world, and his other short stories like Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Green Mile far surpass its source material.  

gcndc
gcndc

Agreed.  Beatrice had one great scene in Network, while Piper really created a memorable character.  I've always loved Piper Laurie since I saw Carrie.  Love her voice!

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

Her entire final monologue encapsulates the world-view of Christian-fundie psychos. "All that dirty touching of his hands all over me!" Excessive sexuality contained by total repression.

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