Glenn Close is attempting to win her first Oscar with “The Wife,” but she could also celebrate a first at the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. If she prevails at both ceremonies, it’d be her first Globe and SAG for film.
Close has two Golden Globes and one SAG, but they were all for her television work. She took home both awards for her performance as Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 2004 TV movie “The Lion in Winter” and nabbed a Best TV Drama Actress Globe for the first season of “Damages” in 2008.
The actress’ six Oscar nominations don’t have great correlation with either the Globes or the SAGs. Her first five Oscar nominations came during her breakthrough in the ’80s: Best Supporting Actress for “The World According to Garp” (1982), “The Big Chill” (1983) and “The Natural” (1984), and Best Actress for “Fatal Attraction” (1987) and “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988). But she only contended at the Globes for “Fatal Attraction,” falling in Best Film Drama Actress to Sally Kirkland (“Anna”). The SAGs didn’t hold its first ceremony until 1995, so obviously she was not nominated there for any of these films.
Close’s only other film Globe nomination in the ’80s was for Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress for “Maxie” (1985). She was up in the same category 11 years later for “101 Dalmatians” (1996). It’d be another 15 years before she scored Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for the same film, “Albert Nobbs” (2011), for the first time, which also marked her first SAG bid for a film. She lost to Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) at the Globes and Oscars, and to Viola Davis (“The Help”) at SAG.
Close is the heavy favorite to win the Best Film Drama Actress Globe for “The Wife,” leading with 9/2 odds, but that might change soon if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association approves “A Star Is Born” to be entered in drama; Lady Gaga has already moved up to seventh place in our odds since the genre swap news broke Wednesday. There is no genre confusion at the SAGs, though, where Close also has commanding 18/5 odds to triumph. SAG favors big names and veterans, many of whom are SAG-less because their career peaks pre-date the awards show. (Streep similarly won her first SAG for film for 2008’s “Doubt.”)
Should Close win her first film SAG statuette, that could be enough for her to go all the way the Oscars, since the SAGs and Oscars have only mismatched in Best Actress six times in 24 years. However, Gaga just took over the Oscars lead in our odds from Close, so this could be a, uh, close one.
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