In 1988 “Dangerous Liasons” was a popular choice when academy members were marking their Oscar ballots. The film received a total of seven nominations, second only to eventual Best Picture winner “Rain Man.” The film’s stars Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer both received acting nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Despite both being strong contenders and favored by some prognosticators, neither took home an Oscar. That could change for both actresses this year as each actress is emerging as possible favorites in those same categories for Close’s lead role in “The Wife” and Pfeiffer’s supporting appearance in “Mother!”
Pfeiffer has been near the top of the list on a lot of Gold Derby’s Best Supporting Actress charts for the last few months. Buoyed by her director Darren Aronofsky’s track record with getting nominations for his actors in films like “Requiem for a Dream,” “The Wrestler” and “Black Swan”, pundits and fans have long been anticipating that this film could return Pfeiffer to awards contention.
Close is a rising name in the 2018 Oscar race. Her film “The Wife” recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to very strong reviews, with NowToronto calling her “magnificent” and Towelrod declaring her to be “spectacular.” “The Wife” has yet to find a distributor, which is why she’s currently not listed in Gold Derby’s predictions for Best Actress, but with reviews like these that may happen soon.
Should Close and Pfeiffer return to Oscar contention and win, it would perhaps ease the wounds their fans suffered in 1988 when both lost in hotly contested races. Close was a neck and neck favorite to win Best Actress that year with eventual winner Jodie Foster of “The Accused.” Pfeiffer was considered a possible upset winner for her role in “Dangerous Liasons,” but ultimately it was Geena Davis (“The Accidental Tourist”) who beat favorite Sigourney Weaver (“Working Girl”).
“Dangerous Liasons” took home three Oscars in 1988 for Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay for Christopher Hampton. The film was based on the book “Les Liasons Dangereuses” and the Broadway play of the same name.
Should the two actresses take home Oscars this year it would be a nice reunion for the stars of this acclaimed film and a perfect chance for the academy to finally reward them. Their names both frequently come up on lists of great talents with multiple nominations who’ve never won at the Oscars.
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