Quiz: Which double champ dissed the Oscars as 'a public hanging'?
ANSWER: Glenda Jackson did not attend the Oscars ceremony either time she won best actress: "Women in Love" (1970), "A Touch of Class" (1973). One year after triumphing for "Class," she attended in order to present the best actor award, greeting audience applause as she stepped on stage by saying, "Thank you – thank you twice, in fact." Then she bestowed the trophy to Art Carney ("Harry and Tonto").
But, apparently, she wasn't truly grateful. In May 1979, she told the Associated Press what she really thinks of the Oscar statuette: "It's a fine weapon for repelling intruders."
Then she bashed the Academy Awards themselves: "There is a highly charged emotional atmosphere to the awards, but it is all in anticipation. When the winner is known, all of that is dissipated. Meanwhile, what about the losers? It is disgusting to make them sit there and be seen by millions in their disappointment. It's like a public hanging …. A performance is not something to be framed in order to win some prize. It should stand or fall on its own merits. To place it in competition with other actors playing other kinds of roles is a refined form of cruelty."
In 1992, Jackson quit acting for politics, becoming a member of Britain's parliament, where she continues to serve. Occasionally, there is speculation that the Labor Party will choose her to become prime minister.
Photos: Dustin Hoffman in "Rain Man" (United Artists), Dianne Wiest in "Bullets Over Broadway" (Miramax), Sean Penn in "Milk" (Focus Features), Glenda Jackson in "A Touch of Class" (AVCO Embassy)
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