December 5, 2020 at 9:16 pm #1203897462
I watched this retrospective of her career.
She talks about dropping out of a Merchant Ivory film to do The Natural (the timing didn’t line up or something like that.)
I’ve never seen The Bostonians. Redgrave got a nomination for it which I’ve read was a bit controversial since she had made that divisive speech when she won. This was sort of like a welcome back for her.
My question is if Close had done it and done well with the role would she have been able to take Best Actress? She was hot then. It would have been her third nomination in a row. She’d won a Tony and had an Emmy nomination that year.
Plus it seems like they would have welcomed a chance to vote for someone else than one of the infamous three farm wives. Field was in the Best Picture nominee so she won. There was no overdue factor for anyone since 4 of the five had won before and Judy Davis the non-winner was a controversial casting choice and had mixed reviews and was a surprise nominee.
Seems to me like Close could have taken it. (of course what do I know since I haven’t seen the film! So help me!)December 5, 2020 at 9:54 pm #1203897539
I read the reason was so she could work with Redford. Silly choice!December 6, 2020 at 2:31 am #1203897714
The role of Olive Chancellor is a sexually repressed suffragette (who may be a lesbian), and the role lacks humour and warmth for the most part. It’s hard for me to visualise Close in the role to be honest; Redgrave is quietly smouldering. (This was the first of two back-to-back NSFC awards for Redgrave.) I doubt this role would win an Oscar no matter who was playing it, especially over Sally “you like me” Field in the likely Best Picture runner-up.December 6, 2020 at 2:45 am #1203897723
Redgrave got a nomination for it which I’ve read was a bit controversial since she had made that divisive speech when she won.
When she won for Julia? That was 7 years ago…
I’ve never seen The Bostonians.
No one has, the movie has less than 2000 votes on IMDB, we can say that is quite forgotten, so I doubt that anyone could have beat Field with that particular film.December 6, 2020 at 2:59 am #1203897732
Redgrave’s role is more like supporting, the real leads are the young couple. So it is possible if Close was in the role she would have been in the supporting category instead…December 6, 2020 at 6:24 am #1203897847
Close was right to turn down The Bostonians. She moved to a more friendly and mainstream film, with a more A-lister cast (Redford!!!!), and turned out more successful box office-wise as well as awards-wise (4 Oscar noms). It basically completed her trio of breakout supporting performances, pretty impressive for someone with 3 films debuts. Not to mention, Redgrave was the best choice in that role and noone could have played Olive better than her!December 6, 2020 at 7:27 am #1203897942
While we’re on the subject of The Bostonians, director James Ivory stated in an interview that a young Julianne Moore, fresh out of college, was eager for the role of Verena and tried to track down the casting agent for Merchant-Ivory. Unfortunately the agent had never heard of her and wouldn’t arrange a meeting. The thought of Moore making her screen debut opposite Redgrave makes me yearn for what might have been; the eventual choice, Madeleine Potter, didn’t quite fulfil the role’s demands from what I recall.December 6, 2020 at 7:30 am #1203897946
Redgrave gave a brilliant, sensitive performance but was never going to win for one of the weaker Merchant Ivory productions which nobody remembers. Can’t see how Close would have won either, despite her being more popular at the time…
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Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman (Actress)December 6, 2020 at 9:24 am #1203898099
No I doubt she would’ve won. Vanessa’s role in The Bostonians was a bit too quiet and understated. And besides, Sally Field was great. And as someone said, Sally’s film was potentially the BP runner-up. So the ball was in Sally’s court.December 6, 2020 at 12:36 pm #1203898553
I watched that link on Glenn Close’s career retrospective from before and found it fascinating. I’d never heard of “The Bostonians,” so I don’t know what Vanessa Redgrave did or didn’t do there. “The Natural” is considered as one of Close’s weaker Oscar nominations, and even she’s said the reason she was nominated was b/c of the cinematography in “that scene” (and it’s true–Caleb Deschanel is one of the greats). On the other hand, she did the film she wanted to do and enjoyed a lifelong friendship with Robert Redford in the process. Would anyone have won against Sally Field that year in a BP nominee? The 3 “farm wives” vote clearly didn’t aplit, and Close would get her first lead actress nomination a few years later anyways. Not sure she would have won in lead, but that casting chance would have changed everything else in the race leading up to Oscar night too. She might have been undeniable in a way Redgrave simply wasn’t as a nonwinner versus former winner. Close was nodded that year all the same, but it’s fun to speculate on what might have been.
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