Watch: Glenn Close Plays a Round of 'Take Back the Oscar'

Saturday November 28, 2020

Glenn Close and Amy Adams in "Hillbilly Elegy"
Glenn Close and Amy Adams in "Hillbilly Elegy"  (Source:Netflix)

We have always thought that once a year a van should travel through Hollywood and take back Oscars from less-deserving winners and award them to a more deserving nominee. Who wouldn't want to take back the Best Picture Oscar for "Crash" and award it to "Brokeback Mountain?" And who seriously thinks that Grace Kelly (to go back to ancient Oscar history) deserved the award over Judy Garland?

If Oscar nominations are a metric to be measured against, no actress would benefit from such a campaign than Glenn Close, who has scored the most nominations and no wins in Oscar history. If it is any consolation, She joins a rarified club with a number of great actresses — Garland, Greta Garbo, Barbara Stanwyck, Michelle Williams — who have never taken home a competitive statuette despite multiple nominations.

Close is currently a front-runner for another nomination, perhaps her first win, for the Netflix-pic "Hillbilly Elegy," Ron Howard's adaptation of J.D Vance's best-seller in which Close plays Mamaw. While the film only has a positive rating of 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, Close got excellent reviews. Owen Gleiberman at Variety wrote that "as long as Close is acting up an award-worthy storm (her performance is actually quite meticulous), 'Hillbilly Elegy' is never less than alive." She will likely get a nomination for Best Supporting Actress, placing fourth on GoldDerby.com's Oscar Odds list; but the film's negative reception knocked her out of her earlier front-running position. Her eighth nomination may not be the charm.

Close was nominated for the first time in 1983 for her supporting role in "The World According to Garp," followed by two more supporting noms ("The Big Chill" and "The Natural"). Since then she has had four Best Actress nods ("Fatal Attraction," "Dangerous Liaisons," "Albert Nobbs," and "The Wife.")


"Well, I got nominated for my first movie which was 'The World According To Garp,' she told Rolling Stone critic and reporter Peter Travers on his YouTube channel "Popcorn with Peter Travers," the Daily Mail reports. "And I honestly feel that to be nominated by your peers is about as good as it gets."

"And then I've never understood how you could honestly compare performances, you know?"

But then took the opportunity to compare performances and play a round of Take Back the Oscar.

"I remember the year Gwyneth Paltrow won over that incredible actress who was in 'Central Station' (Argentine actress Fernanda Montenegro). I thought: 'What? You know, it's like, it didn't, you know, it doesn't make sense,' " she told Travers.

"So I think who wins has a lot of things to do with how things have been, you know, whether it has traction or what - you know, whatever. You know, publicity, how much money do they have to, you know, to put it out in front of everybody's sight."

She noted: "So you know, I have to be philosophical about it. If I was upset about it, you know, might as well be in another - and I'm very proud of the times that my peers have felt that my performances was worthy of attention."

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