Uri wrote:can someone here explain to me what all this Joan Blondel/Olivia De Havilland 1978 footage is all about? Is it based on some real stuff? It feels so arbitrary.
I read elsewhere that the original version of the script -- entitled "Best Actress" -- was structured around two actresses who were friends of Davis (Blondell & deHavilland) and two who were friends of Crawford's (Barbara Stanwyck and Greer Garson). The conversations/interviews were set backstage at the 1977 Oscars (held of course in 1978), which, due to being the 50th anniversary show, drew a great number of old-timers (and was presumably the last time many of them were in the same place).
Obviously the script was altered, and they cut Stanwyck/Garson, but left Blondell/deHavilland in, possibly because they knew they needed deHavilland for her crucial role in taking over in Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte.
The effect is odd/unbalanced, but it's not an unheard-of move in TV. A friend of mine years ago told me of having punchlines removed from scripts while the set-up lines were left in. Not everything in the industry makes sense.