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Classic Scene

10

A STAR IS BORN
"Gentlemen of the Academy and fellow suckers…"

SETTING THE SCENE  The former film idol Norman Maine, on the skids and the booze, makes a pathetic entrance at the Academy Awards and interrupts his wife’s acceptance speech as she clutches her Oscar for Best Actress…

Norman Maine: Hey, that's fine! That's a very pretty speech, my dear, very pretty. You said the right thing. I want to be the very first one to congratulate you.. on that... on that valuable little piece of bric-a-brac. Now I want to make a speech. Gentlemen of the Academy and fellow suckers... I got one of those once for a Best Performance. They don't mean a thing! People get 'em every year. What I want's a special award... something nobody else can get. I want a statue for the Worst Performance of the year. In fact, I want three statues for the three worse performances of the year because I've earned them. And every single one of you that saw those last masterpieces of mine knows that I’ve earned them. What I'm here to find out is, do I get 'em or do I get 'em? Now answer! Yes or no? (He flings his arm out, accidently striking his wife a staggering blow...)

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