Glenn Close (‘The Wife’) loses at Oscars for 7th time, setting new record among actresses

Glenn Close just set a new Oscar record, and not in a good way. With Close’s loss at the 91st Academy Awards for “The Wife,” she now has seven nominations and no wins, more than any other actress in film history. Amy Adams, Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter all have six Oscar misfires, with Adams joining that list during Sunday’s ceremony. As for male actors with the most at-bats without a home run, Close now ties Richard Burton at seven while Peter O’Toole is still in the record books at eight. Click through our photo gallery above for a closer look at Close’s seven Oscar nominations.

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For her role as Joan Castleman, the repressed wife of a Nobel Prize-winning author (Jonathan Pryce), Close earned her fourth bid for Best Actress. Her co-nominees this time around were Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”), Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”). Gold Derby predicted that Close would prevail, but it actually turned out to be Colman, whose major precursor victories this year came at the Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards.

Prior to “The Wife,” Close’s other Oscar nominations in the Best Actress race were for “Fatal Attraction” (1987), “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988) and “Albert Nobbs” (2011). She also received three supporting bids in three consecutive years for “The World According to Garp” (1982), “The Big Chill” (1983) and “The Natural” (1984).

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Burton’s first nomination was in the supporting race for his role in “My Cousin Rachel” (1952). After that he received six citations in the Best Actor category: “The Robe” (1953), “Becket” (1964), “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” (1965), “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966), “Anne of the Thousand Days” (1969) and “Equus” (1977). His seven Oscar nominations only spanned 25 years, compared to 36 years for Close.

As for O’Toole, Oscar’s reigning loser among performers received all eight nominations as a leading man: “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), “Becket” (1964), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (1969), “The Ruling Class” (1972), “The Stunt Man” (1980), “My Favorite Year” (1982) and “Venus” (2006). The academy didn’t think it was right that O’Toole had never prevailed, so they awarded him an honorary Oscar in 2003.

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