April 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm #60150
So, I was initially rooting for Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin), but then bigger and badder campaigns took precedence and she wasn’t even nominated. Then I jumped on the Viola Davis (The Help) bandwagon, but, alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Out of the nominees, I always placed Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) behind Davis for the win.
However, I’ve recently found myself liking Close’s performance more and more over the rest of the nominees. I’ve seen Albert Nobbs a total of 4 times and it has only grown in stature and beauty for me. She was amazing in the film and her performance really was such a departure from everything else she’s done. Plus, the film itself was/is so underrated: a universal tale of an outsider with a small dream.
Three scenes that took my breath away: when Close inadvertently reveals to Janet McTeer that she’s a woman and then pleads for her not to disclose her secret to anyone; when she discloses to McTeer how/why she began dressing as a man; when she finally dresses up as a woman, has a moment at the beach and then a moment afterwards with McTeer.
Close was utterly brilliant and heartbreaking and anyone who tries implying otherwise has other motives… I feel it’ll be one of those films/performances that’ll grow in stature as the years go by, shining brightly amidst a quite a few gems in Close’s filmography.
In retrospect and with all things considered – namely, what a subtle and brilliant performance she gives and the fact that, after six nominations, she hasn’t won – I would’ve easily given it to Close.
What did you guys like/not like about Close’s performance? Would you give her the award or not?April 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm #60152
This performance (as well as Janet Mcteer’s) would have won in any other Oscar year.April 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm #60153
I still need to see ‘Albert Nobbs’. Her’s (and Fassbender’s and Bichir’s) are the only perf’s I’ve yet to see.April 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm #60154
I had lower expectations going in, but I thought she was quite good. The film has some bad moments, but Close is solid.April 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm #60155
Albert Nobbs should have never been nominated for any Oscars since most of the country, save a couple of theaters in NY/LA, didn’t get this movie until after the eligibility period.April 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm #60156
Many films need the awards buzz to make waves and get a profit. If we get them up in all of those theaters, we’re setting many films up to fail.April 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm #60157
The rule is to have a commercial run for one week in LA, not open in most of the country. “Albert Nobbs” fulfilled the requirement. It wasn’t the first movie that had a one week qualifying run and it won’t be the last. Many smaller movies do this and then have wider runs in January. That way they avoid being buried in December when there are so many releases, competition for screens is vicious and adult audiences are preoccupied with holiday activities.
Back to Glenn Close, I resent Lange Lover’s suggestion that “Close was utterly brilliant and heartbreaking and anyone who tries implying otherwise has other motives”. There is no hidden agenda. She was boring, lifeless and in some moments terrible. Even though she has the tendency to give broad, scenery-chewing (yet most times effective) performances, in “Albert Nobbs” she went the opposite direction and acted like a robot. I understand the character was reserved, always careful and used to hiding her emotions, but there was no reason for the actress to sleepwalk through her scenes. The only time she came alive for me was the confession scene by the fireplace, recounting to Janet McTeer the events that led her to start living as a man. That was a moment of sincerity and clarity where you could see why Glenn Close is considered a great actress. No screaming or sobbing but a quiet intensity and real pain. Not everyone can do that, but it’s not enough for an Oscar nomination when the rest of the performance is awkward and uneven. She seemed even worse because she also had the misfortune of acting opposite Janet McTeer who gave a great performance and brought to life an actual human being.April 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm #60158
Everybody seems to see it differently!!
I would rank the actress contenders this way for 2011
MICHELLE WILLIAMS- MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
TILDA SWINTON- WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
MERYL STREEP- THE IRON LADY
VIOLA DAVIS- THE HELP
GLENN CLOSE- ALBERT NOBBS
KIRSTEN DUNST- MELANCHOLIA
CHARLIZE THERON- YOUNG ADULT
Close was terrific. but for me, not oscar worthy this time!!April 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm #60159
She was good, but ranked low on my rankings. I feel the other 4 ladies were far superior.
I wonder what would’ve happened if she were nominated the year before. If her chances would’ve been better or not.April 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm #60160
This performance (as well as Janet Mcteer’s) would have won in any other Oscar year.
Hardly. She was in fourth place at best in an extremely weak year for the category. And deservingly so, I might add.
This is coming from someone who is a big fan of Glenn Close’s work in general.April 17, 2012 at 12:26 am #60161
I haven’t seen Close’s film (it won’t be released for home video until May) but I just watched THE IRON LADY and I am convinced Streep totally deserved that Oscar.April 17, 2012 at 9:31 am #60162
Not everyone should have to chew up the scenery to win an Oscar. It was the most restrained I have seen Glenn Close in quite some time. There were moments in ‘Albert Nobbs’ that the director could have dialed the acting way up. It didn’t fit the character, nor the film. Glenn Close was terrific and would have made a worthy winner in my book.April 17, 2012 at 10:15 am #60163
I wonder what would’ve happened if she were nominated the year before. If her chances would’ve been better or not.
I doubt anyone could have beaten the swan princess/queen last year. Not even with Close’s overdue-status.
It also didn’t help her this year. Another overdue was stronger.April 17, 2012 at 10:55 am #60164
More like another campaign was pricier and more relentlessly punishing.
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