It could be lucky No. 7 and 13 for Glenn Close. She picked up her seventh Oscar nomination on Tuesday, for Best Actress for “The Wife,” which did not get any other nominations. If Close’s name is finally in the envelope on Oscar day, she’d be the 13th winner in the category as the only nominee for her film.
The first 12 were:
1. Mary Pickford, “Coquette” (1928/29)
2. Marie Dressler, “Min and Bill” (1930/31)
3. Helen Hayes, “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” (1931/32)
4. Katharine Hepburn, “Morning Glory” (1932/33)
5. Bette Davis, “Dangerous” (1935)
6. Joanne Woodward, “The Three Faces of Eve” (1957)
7. Sophia Loren, “Two Women” (1961)
8. Jodie Foster, “The Accused” (1988)
9. Kathy Bates, “Misery” (1990)
10. Jessica Lange, “Blue Sky” (1994)
11. Charlize Theron, “Monster” (2003)
12. Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” (2014)
Twelve times in the Oscars’ 90-year history doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is when you look at Best Actor, which only has five solo nominee winners: Emil Jannings (“The Way of All Flesh,” 1927/28), Jose Ferrer (“Cyrano de Bergerac,” 1950), Cliff Robertson (“Charly,” 1968), Michael Douglas (“Wall Street,” 1987) and Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland,” 2006). (Jannings also won for “The Last Command,” which did have a second nomination, for Best Original Story.)
The disparity is not shocking in such a male-dominated industry that churns out male-driven films — Best Picture and Best Actor have gone to the same film 27 times compared to 11 with Best Actress. So perhaps it’s fitting that Close might join this club since “The Wife” is all about a woman reclaiming her agency after a lifetime of living in her husband’s shadow.
Close’s nomination was the only projected one for “The Wife” in our odds, as the indie barely made a dent in other categories all season. Her onscreen husband, Jonathan Pryce, was the next closest in 14th place in Best Supporting Actor.
The early frontrunner, Close dropped to third place recently in our Best Actress odds, but has since reclaimed the top spot following her Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice victories, the latter of which was in a tie with Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”). At the Oscars, she’s up against Gaga, Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”), Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”).
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