At least Glenn Close dressed like an Oscar winner in gold Carolina Herrera, sob

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No matter how many awards shows I’ve watched, I always believe that most of the “shock” reactions from actors and actresses are faked for the cameras. Lady Gaga faked her reactions for every award she won this awards season. Regina King didn’t fake it, she thought she would win but she was moved to tears all the same. But let me tell you: Olivia Colman winning Best Actress over Glenn Close was a SHOCK. And Olivia Colman truly didn’t expect it. Neither did Glenn. Neither did the entire audience. When her name was announced, Colman jumped like someone zapped her with some electricity. To her credit, Glenn seemed magnanimous when the camera did cut to her during Olivia’s speech.

Glenn really thought it was going to be her year. She had every right to that belief, and while I loved The Favourite and Olivia Colman, I’m absolutely gutted for Glenn. The Wife was a great movie too. Glenn dressed the part of the Oscar winner too – she wore this 42-pound gold Carolina Herrera gown because she thought she would be photographed holding the Oscar all night. *choking sobs*

Olivia Colman hasn’t had good fashion sense the entire awards season. That usually happens when a British actress suddenly has a big success in America – it takes them a minute to hire a stylist who knows what they’re doing. I remember a time when Helen Mirren was a mess too, in the ‘90s. Then she hired a stylist. That’s all Olivia needs too. Olivia’s gown is Prada and it’s unmemorable. Her speech, on the other hand, was very memorable. Watch Lady Gaga as Olivia’s name was announced – Gaga was SHOOK!

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  1. Megan Hurwitt says:

    You liked this? To each their own I guess. The cape made her look like a frumpy D&D character. +2 to wisdom, -4 to stealth?

    • scylla74 says:

      OMG…. so true! I rooted for Gandalfina Close….

      I actually like the dress from Olivia. It could do without the bow in the back but I think it looks really nice from the front.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Megan no Kaiser didn’t like it; she said it usually takes British actresses in Hollywood a while to find a good stylist, and clearly Olivia hasn’t yet.

      I love Olivia and thought her speech was great but the top part of her dress reminded me of a straitjacket!

    • 90sgirl says:

      I love her dress. I’d wear it in a heartbeat if I could lol.

      Poor Glen Close, she is one of those people who does phenomenal work in films but keeps getting overlooked.

      It may be Honorary Oscar time, for Glen. I think she deserves it, long over due.

      Congratulations to Olivia Colman, a excellent actress,

    • Grant says:

      Is it sick that that’s kind of why I loved this on Glenn? Lawful Good high priestess serving some saving throw realness! I think she looks sensational.

  2. Babadook says:

    I was routing for Olivia Coleman and I’m really happy for her. Honestly that vid (especially Emma Stone’s reaction) made me tear up. And, at least she gave Glenn Close a nod. I wonder if Gaga was shook because she thought *she’d* win? I hope not. She was the best part of that film but come on.

    • Kebbie says:

      I think she probably talked herself into accepting the fact that she would lose to Glenn Close, but then she lost to Olivia Colman lol

      I said this last night, but Olivia Colman did give the best performance this year, IMO. Glenn Close is a legend and she should have won a long time ago. I’m sad for her, but I’m also kind of happy she didn’t win for *this* movie. She could play that character in her sleep, and it wasn’t really spectacular in any way.

  3. Ellie71 says:

    I wanted Glen Close to win and I wanted Olivia Colman to win .
    I think they were both so deserving.
    Glad I didn’t have an official vote.
    I was hoping it was a dead tie, and they had to award two Oscars.
    Now I am wondering if that is even possible . Probably not.

    • Lightpurple says:

      There have been ties before. Barbra Streisand and Katherine Hepburn tied for Best Actress

      • 90sgirl says:

        I feel the same.
        My heart broke for Glenn Close.
        It would have been great if it was a tie.

        There was a tie this year at one of the other award ceremonies, I forget which one, but for another catagory.

    • minx says:

      I was very happy that Colman won, and simultaneously sad that Close lost.

  4. Kendra says:

    Her dress reminds me of what Meryl wore when she won for Iron Lady.

    The Academy clearly wanted The Favorie to win something even thought didn’t vote for it in other categories so voted for Olivia. Not that I am saying she didn’t earn it (I haven’t actually seen it so I don’t know how good she was) but in hindsight I think it’s logical she won instead of the others because Academy often is issues to reward films like that, The Wife isn’t loved the same way as a film. For everyone but Glenn nomination was win anyway in this category (and Gaga was always going to win for Shallow).

    • Nanny to the rescue says:

      “The Academy clearly wanted The Favorie to win something even thought didn’t vote for it in other categories so voted for Olivia. ”

      That doesn’t make sense.

      Awards are voted for by different branches of the Academy. And it’s around 8.000 people in total. So you can’t have a situation where they’d go “this film can’t win direction and screenplay but lets give them sound mixing instead so they won’t leave emptyhanded”. These are literally different people voting (except for the film, there everyone votes AFAIK).

      • Lightpurple says:

        That’s how the nominations are done, by the different branches, but everyone can vote in all categories for the actual Oscar.

      • FHMom says:

        Is that really how it works, because I made a similar comment in a different thread. Does anyone know if people only get to vote in certain categories? If that is true, then how do they get it wrong so often? I always thought that people voted in every category including those they knew nothing about.

        Anyway, I’m so upset for Glenn. That dress is awful, but she was so good in the Wife.

      • 90sgirl says:

        I have an accountant friend who feels it was a numbers game in the end, his hypothesis was that all of the British members voted for Olivia ,as well as enough of a portion of the American voters to put her over the line, even if Glenn got a large portion of American vote.

        Not that he knows anything about acting,,,,lol Not sure he even knows what he is talking about, but one day he looked up the Academy membership for each country and all he went by was numbers on one of the sites.
        That said, I’m still confused by his hypothesis. Lol

        Or maybe the Academy just preferred Olivia’s performance, evidently.

      • Lightpurple says:

        @FHMom, the branches vote on the nominations so sound people vote only on the sound nominees, editors vote on the editing, actors vote for the acting categories, and directors, the old white boys club, vote for the directing nominees. Everyone votes for the Best Picture nominees. But for the Oscars themselves, everyone votes in every category.

  5. Lulu says:

    Both Gaga and Melissa looked so surprised when Olivia’s name was called – did everyone assume Glenn had it in the bag?

    • Lorelei says:

      I think so. I haven’t been paying as much attention to the nominees this year as I have in the past, but I think every single thing I heard or read about it basically said that Glenn was a lock for Best Actress.

      She must have been shocked but I thought she did a great job looking happy for Olivia.

    • Kebbie says:

      The SAG awards are typically pretty reliable predictors because they are the largest voting body, and she won the SAG. Different actresses won SAG and Oscar in 2011, 2008, and 2007 though, so it isn’t unprecedented.

  6. Sam says:

    If we look at the past winners of the female lead and you compare them to Glenn Close it seem rather astonishing that she is still without one.

    Glenn Close is a phenomenal actress and I am flabbergasted.

    • Dessi says:

      Especially when considering that Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone won for such underwhelming performances. I don’t know in what world could those roles be considered the best performances in the field.

    • 90sgirl says:

      My heart broke for Glen Close. She should have had an Oscar ages ago. I felt she should have had it for several roles in the past.
      I hope she finally gets one eventually.
      Remember who was it …Paul Newman, or Al Pacino who got it years down the road.

      I think they will give her an honorary Oscar, before she wins the big one for a role.

      Congratulations to Olivia Colman.

    • FHMom says:

      Exactly. Her face is so expressive. She always gives a great performance.

  7. Div says:

    I felt so bad for Glenn. I actually think Olivia was a bit more deserving, but Glenn clearly thought she was going to win and wore the whole amazing gold outfit and I wouldn’t be mad at her getting a career Oscar.

    And you could tell everyone was shook. Like everyone except Yalitza looked completely shocked in those reaction shots.

  8. Miss M says:

    I really disliked “The favourite”. But the acting was fantastic.

  9. Dana Marie says:

    I saw all the films in this category. I felt like Glenn Close was totally deserving of the award. Olivia, IMO, was great but to me , Glen was the most outstanding. I was in shock to see Olivia win the Oscar. The Favourie was amoung my least favorite nominated movies although the cinematography was incredible.

  10. Case says:

    Olivia is so talented and humble. I was rooting for her and I’m glad she got a surprise win — The Favourite was stunning and deserved more love. Emma’s reaction was so sweet, too.

  11. Avamae says:

    It is Gold Lamee.
    It screams for a golden boy.
    It screams ‘ This Oscar is mine’

    • Bella Bella says:

      Oh yeah, this. This was Glenn’s “I am winning the Oscar” dress. Of all the things she has worn to all the ceremonies, I thought this was the worst. I don’t like what the waist indent does to her shape. She looks better in flowy things or the jacket look. I felt terrible for her. And I LOVED the movie The Wife and I loved the book it is based on. I thought she was outstanding in that part.

      I do think Olivia Coleman is much loved, though, so people were happy for her.

  12. Lizzie says:

    i didn’t see the wife but i don’t double glenn close was magnificent. i did see the favourite and i know olivia coleman was. must have been a close race and glenn close was an absolute class act about it. she barely showed any disappointment. no one would have blamed her if she had but man – it just goes to show that people in showbiz are conditioned to take hard knocks with a smile.

  13. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I was all for GC finally nabbing an Oscar, but that getup she wore was absolutely hideous. Maybe that’s why she didn’t win lol. Oscar or GC? I can’t tell which is which. As for Olivia, I’ve been appreciating her work for so long it’s actually very satisfying she won. Her humble generosity and graciousness comes through in her acting. Loved her in Broadchurch. Bravo, well done.

  14. Keaton says:

    Glenn may end up being the best modern American film actress to never win an Academy Award and that sucks. She had the bad luck of being of the same generation as Meryl Streep. :/

    • 90sgirl says:

      Yes.
      I remember a interview early in their careers,where she said something like, she would be auditioning for same roles as Meryl a lot.

  15. Veronica S. says:

    God, that is so frustrating. I thought Coleman was incredible, too, so it’s not like it was a bad decision, but Christ. Close is up there with Oldman for incredible actors who’ve just had the bad luck of just missing it every year. It’s so frustrating to me that men like Leonardo DiCaprio get entire Internet movements behind their losses but not women like Glenn – when realistically, her window of opportunity gets smaller and smaller as the years go by while his doesn’t. White men will never have to worry about “aging out” of Hollywood. They will always have their chance. The stakes of loss are always so much higher for women and minorities.

    • 90sgirl says:

      It took them decades and decades to give Paul Newman the Oscar and for a role that was not even close to the phenomal roles he played decades before. Sometimes Oscar keeps skipping over deserving people, it’s quite sad really.

      Poor Glenn Close its heartbreaking . I hope she gets another chance. I think she will always work though.

      • Nancy says:

        I wrote the same about Pacino below. The greats don’t always get rewarded. Brando and others refused these awards due to personal beliefs. I’m sure with all this fuss, Close will get a Lifetime Achievement Award or something. We worry so much about Hollywood and forget about the poor schmucks working at a factory to feed their families. Don’t cry for Glenn Close, she has had a good career and done things for mental illness outside of the industry which imo are more worthy of awards than acting.

  16. Chelsey says:

    Oh I’m so happy for Olivia! She’s so funny and genuine and I teared up watching her, as well as Emma Stone’s reaction to her winning. She’s so humble and talented. She was incredible in Broadchurch.

  17. Lynne says:

    Love Olivia…..Lip reading after Olivia stood up and the hugs she said…what do I do? I don’t think she had prepared anything. she was both classy and charming with her speech. True Brit.

    • Vi says:

      I also thought she didn’t prepare anything. Very happy for her because it was a fantastic performance,but I’m sad for Glenn because surely everyone had been telling her that she had it in the bag.

  18. lucy says:

    I thought she looked beautiful! I love her haircut and I thought her gown was lovely, elegant and understated. I am ride or die for Olivia though, ever since Peep Show. She deserved this. She is a phenomenal talent.

  19. Laura-j says:

    I love her so much. So glad she won. And her speech was delightful she really didn’t expect it.

  20. Themummy says:

    Her speech was absolutely adorable and so, so charming. I kind of fell in love with her. I was really sad for Glenn Close, though. She deserved an Oscar a long, long time ago.

  21. Nancy says:

    It’s a popularity contest and/or what would be most controversial. Took almost twenty years for Pacino to get one and Tom Hanks has a handful. I would have given Close an award for Fatal Attraction. Hollywood is superstitious, so she really must have thought she had a lock to wear that dress. Susan Lucci of the Academy..

  22. Justme87 says:

    The only way Olivia’s speach could have been any cuter is if she fell up the stairs.

  23. Deeanna says:

    Ugh. Glen Close’s fingernails look as if she bites them! Why not get a conservative set of fake nails applied, if only for the night?