The wounds from Glenn Close‘s Oscar loss for “The Wife” are still fresh, but for our readers that defeat was not the hardest of her seven to swallow. Nope, 36 percent of our fans say Close’s loss for “Fatal Attraction” (1987) hurts the most.
“Fatal Attraction” was the source of Close’s fourth nomination and first in Best Actress, and of course the role of Alex Forrest is arguably her best known. But she fell to Cher (“Moonstruck”). “Although I’m a big Cher fan, except when she goes on one of her political rants, I think Glenn Close deserved the Oscar more than Cher for her strong performance in ‘Fatal Attraction,'” user Chuck Casson wrote.
Though “Fatal Attraction” and Close’s performance have endured, she was never a frontrunner in that race, and the character of unhinged bunny boiler Alex would’ve been an atypical Best Actress winner.
In second place with 34 percent was “The Wife,” which by far brought Close the, uh, closest to Oscar glory. She seemingly had almost everything going for her this year: the overdue legend narrative on her seventh nomination, the precursor wins, the emotional Golden Globes speech. She even dressed in gold at the Oscars. But the Oscar crown went to Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) and now Close is the Oscars’ biggest loser among women.
“Right now, all of them [hurt], as we should be [discussing] her second or even third win,” user thomas said. “I could say the last one for the ‘The Wife’ – her loss was unfair and insulting and broke the hearts of way too many moviegoers worldwide, but in my heart it’s a tie between ‘The Wife’ and ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ (closely followed by ‘Fatal Attraction’).”
“Dangerous Liaisons” (1988) came in third place with 26 percent. One of Close’s top-shelf performances, that one lost to Jodie Foster in “The Accused,” her breakout turn as an adult playing a rape victim. The loss was Close’s fifth in seven years and would be her last nomination for a whopping 23 years. “‘Dangerous Liaisons should have brought Glenn Close the Oscar for Best Actress,” user JR wrote. “Her performance in that film is unforgettable and haunting.”
There is a big drop to fourth place, which is a tie at a mere 2 percent between “The World According to Garp” (1982) and Albert Nobbs” (2011). The former was Close’s screen debut; the latter, her Oscar return with a passion project. In any other year, Close probably could’ve won for “who is that?” eye-catching performance in “Garp,” but she had to deal with Jessica Lange‘s double nominations that year. Lange beat Close in Best Supporting Actress for “Tootsie” and lost Best Actress to Meryl Streep, who was a shoo-in for “Sophie’s Choice.”
“Her loss for her blazing debut in ‘The World According to Garp’ stung, but she couldn’t overcome the Lange/Streep situation,” user Darryl Reilly lamented.
And it was Streep who trumped Close 29 years later. The “Nobbs” bid was one of those where the nomination was the reward, as the race was between Streep (“The Iron Lady”) and Viola Davis (“The Help”).
Tied in last place with zero percent of the vote are “The Big Chill” (1983) and “The Natural” (1984), neither of which Close was expected to win for her supporting turns.