How Glenn Close Feels About Losing the Oscar to Olivia Colman

Glenn Close – with seven Academy Award nominations under her belt – still has yet to receive the coveted prize. Close, first Oscar-nominated in 1983 for her supporting role in The World According to Garp, has delivered several critically acclaimed performances throughout her four-decade career.

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Over the years, Close has lost to the likes of Jessica Lange, Cher, Meryl Streep, and, most recently, Olivia Colman. This year, it felt like it was finally Glenn Close’s turn. Playing an author who never received adequate recognition for her work in The Wife, her win seemed all the more apropos.

The odds calculations were in Glenn Close’s favor; up until the fateful night, she was deemed a shoo-in by industry professionals and everyday viewers alike; however, Olivia Colman took the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite.  

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So, the question is, after seven nominations and 40 years in the industry, how does Close feel about losing the Oscar to the first-time nominee and underdog, Olivia Colman?

Glenn Close seems cheery!

In an interview with ET, Glenn Close reported feeling “Really, Really Good” after the Oscars ceremony. Glenn Close said, “I was upset about all the people who bet that I was going to win. All the people in Jersey, sorry.”

While you may have been hoping for a dramatic rant about her lifelong dedication to the field, Close understands that the work is not about the award; it’s about the art.

The woman behind Fatal Attraction may be able to play an unstable obsessor capable of brutal harm; however, she seems to have no intention of going after Colman. She smiled and laughed through her interview with ET, appreciative of the awards she has earned this season.

Though she did not win the Oscar for her performance in The Wife, Glenn close did receive a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild, a Satellite Award, and a Critics Choice Movie award for her role in the movie.

What is ‘The Wife’ about, and how does it compare to ‘The Favourite?’

The Wife centers on the lives of Joe and Joan Castleman, played by Jonathan Pryce and Glenn Close respectively. Joe is an American novelist with an esteemed public reputation – a socialite and a scholar. Joan is his perfect complement; while elegant and poised, she is much more private than her husband.

As Joe prepares to take the Nobel Prize for his work in literature, Joan begins contemplating all the sacrifices she has made to be the woman who stands by his side, rather than the woman who forges an individual path.

The Favourite, set in the 18th century, stars Olivia Colman as Queen Anne and Rachel Weisz as her friend Lady Sarah. Queen Anne occupies the throne; however, she is in poor health, so Lady Sarah spends much of her time tending to the Queen’s sickness. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, she manipulates Lady Sarah in an attempt to reseize her aristocratic place in society.

While both movie descriptions would hint at a shared dramatic genre, the latter is a farcical-comedy.

What other movies has Glenn Close been nominated for?

Glenn Close was nominated for Best Supporting Actress three times in a row – 1983, 1984, and 1985 – for her performances in The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, and The Natural.

In 1988, Glenn Close received her first nomination for a leading role in Fatal Attraction. She was nominated again, in the same category, for Dangerous Liaisons in 1989 and Albert Nobbs in 2012.

Glenn Close, while most known for her roles on the silver screen, has also starred in the Broadway productions of Sunset Boulevard (1995 and 2017), Death and the Maiden, The Real Thing, and Barnum.