Madison Wisconsin State Journal
April 13, 1980
Sally Field (Norma Rae). OriginallyÂ they wanted Jane Fonda or Jill Clayburgh for the title role, but directorÂ Martin Ritt insisted that Sally Field, aÂ hometown girl trained in TV (GidgetÂ The Flying Nun), could play it beautifully. He was right. She’s an odds-onÂ favoriteâ€”1-2.
Bette Midler (The Rose). Like SallyÂ Field, this is her first nomination,Â Brash and aggressively ambitious, sheÂ is not as well-liked as Field. Neither isÂ The Rose as good a film as Norma Rae.Â Even so, it will be closeâ€”2-1.
Jill Clayburgh (Starting Over). A growing, well-trained talent, highly admired on Broadway and in Hollywood. She was nominated in this category last year for An UnmarriedÂ Woman. Eventually she is a sureÂ Oscar winner, but not this timeâ€”2-1.
Jane Fonda (China Syndrome). Recognized as a brilliant, cooperative, industrious actress, she has already received two Academy Awards in thisÂ categoryâ€”in 1971 for Klute and lastÂ year for Coming Home. PoliticallyÂ controversial, Jane suffers from tooÂ much exposure at this pointâ€”3-1.
Marsha Mason (Chapter Two). BornÂ and reared in St. Louis, trained on theÂ stage and married to Neil Simon, inÂ whose plays she stars, Mason is acknowledged as a superior talent. SheÂ was previously nominated in 1973 forÂ Cinderella Liberty and in 1977 for The
Goodbye Girl. She needs an outstanding film to winâ€”4-1.