Glenn Close is your choice for the most overdue for an Oscar and it isn’t even … close. Gold Derby’s poll asking you to vote for the person who needs an Oscar the most among frequent nominees was a runaway for six-time nominee Close, even though she technically hasn’t racked up the most nominations. Will her upcoming role in “The Wife” put an end to her Oscar losing streak?
Close won our poll with 35% of the vote, while a pair of five-time nominees, Amy Adams and writer-director Christopher Nolan, rallied with 19% and 15%, respectively. Next was Annette Bening (four noms) at 9% and writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (eight noms) at 8%.
Further down we had 6% for Michelle Williams (four noms), 5% for composer Thomas Newman (14 noms) and 2% for sound mixer Greg P. Russell (16 noms). Tying for last on this poll were writer-director Mike Leigh (seven noms) and songwriter Diane Warren (nine noms) at 1% apiece.
As for Close, it is hard to think of an actress not named Meryl Streep who had a better decade at the Oscars in the ’80s. She was nominated five times in seven years from 1982-88, for “The World According to Garp” (1982), “The Big Chill” (1983), “The Natural” (1984), “Fatal Attraction” (1987) and “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988), losing each time. Close returned decades later to claim her sixth nomination for “Albert Nobbs” (2011), for which she lost, of course, to Streep (“The Iron Lady”).
The actress has three Emmys and three Tonys under her belt but remains the most nominated living actor to never win the elusive Oscar. That could change very soon considering she has a juicy role in the upcoming film “The Wife,” for which she has earned rave reviews. She is also reportedly set to reprise her role as Norma Desmond in a movie adaptation of the “Sunset Boulevard” musical. Either film could be exactly what Close needs to finally earn the Oscar she deserves after almost four decades in the industry, and decades of coming ever so close.