Glenn Close remains unbothered by her ‘Oscar favorite’ status at the age of 71

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Sometimes, it’s just someone’s “year” to win an Oscar, regardless of the actual performance being awarded. I hate to say this about someone I love so much, but there’s no way in hell that Viola Davis should have won her Oscar for Fences, which was an utterly unwatchable movie. She only won that Oscar because it was her year, and because she had previously been snubbed for better performances in better films. Same with Meryl Streep winning for The Iron Lady, another terrible, unwatchable film – she had been nominated so many times for better films and lost, so it was “her year” or whatever.

Anyway, I was hoping that wasn’t the case with Glenn Close, that we hadn’t all decided that it was “her year” to win the Best Actress Oscar, regardless of the quality of The Wife. Having seen The Wife, I’m happy to say it’s not the case. Glenn is brilliant in The Wife. I would compare this to Julianne Moore winning for Still Alice - it’s a combination of “it’s her year” with “she actually gives an incredible performance in a decent-to-good movie.” All of which to say, I’m really happy for Glenn and how everything lined up for her this year. She seems pretty happy about it too, but low-key as well. It comes from finally being an “Oscar favorite” at the age of 71.

Oscar nominees, they’re just like Us. Sort of. At the 18th AARP Movies for Grownups Awards on Monday, February 5, Glenn Close told Us Weekly she’ll be bringing a good luck charm with her to the Academy Awards on February 24. “[I’ll] probably wear my grandmother’s ring [that] I’m wearing now,” said the 71-year-old, who noted that she borrowed the piece of jewelry from her sister.

Their heirloom, Close explained, belonged to her maternal grandmother. “She should have been an actress,” said the Fatal Attraction star. “She never would have been allowed to be an actress, so I’m taking her with me through all this.”

Another Oscar ritual for Close is not to think about the big day too much. The star said her recent 14-week run in the play Mother of the Maid at New York City’s Public Theater “f—-ing wore me out,” but she did it specifically to keep her mind off of awards season. “I wanted to be working on something creative rather than worrying about a f—-ing award. So it was great.”

[From Us Weekly]

She’s so unbothered. It’s great. I prefer this sort of confident, “I’ll keep working so I don’t have to think about a f–king award” vibe. It’s better than the younger women who seem to feel little more than imposter syndrome during their Oscar campaigns. Anyway, this is just a reminder that even though Lady Gaga brightened up Oscar season, Glenn Close is going to win and we can be legit happy about it across the board. And Glenn’s speech is probably going to be FIRE.

18th Annual AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards

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  1. PhillyGal says:

    So deserving of the Oscar this year. It’s hard to believe she hasn’t won before now with her many incredible performances over the years.

    • Eleonor says:

      She has a record for not winning.
      So deserved that Oscar since the early 80′s so now someone should give it to her. Period.

  2. Lightpurple says:

    I have seen four of the nominated performances in this category – I’ll see the fifth, Olivia Colman in The Favourite next week – and Glenn’s performance is far ahead of the others in quality. She earned the honors she is getting this year.

  3. Tiffany says:

    That fact that she is empty handed for Dangerous Liaisons and Fatal Attraction just bothers me.

    Bothers me.

  4. ds says:

    I liked the film and I loved her in it. She’s a mega actress and has finally getting that golden statue that’s overdue.

  5. Xtrology says:

    I just have such mixed feelings about Lady Gaga in “A Star is Born.” She was good but the film really sucked. And she and Bradley just seem so stuck up about it. You can’t help but want to see it go to someone deserving.

  6. Ali says:

    The Wife was a good movie and she gave a great performance.

  7. Dee Kay says:

    Close definitely deserves it for The Wife, imo (I saw all the nominated performances and Coleman comes close 2nd for The Favourite). If/when Close wins, I hope she and Gaga take pics because Close is good friends with Gaga’s mom, so they had a relationship before Gaga got famous and it’s cool they’re both nominated this year. I know the two of them have taken pics at other awards shows but at the Oscars, it will be even better b/c they will both bring their super-A game fashion-wise and the Oscars are still the biggest night of the movie business (however ill-deserved that reputation is).