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    I read the reason was so she could work with Redford. Silly choice!

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    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.

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    I read the reason was so she could work with Redford. Silly choice!

    Why? She got a nomination for that film and loves Redford to this day… The things that some people write here…

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    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…

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    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!

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    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…

    FYC:

    Swinton, Weerasethakul Memoria, (Best Actress, Director)
    Efira, Rampling, Wilson Benedetta (Best Actress, Supporting Actress/Actor)
    Rapace Lamb (Best Actress)
    Stewart, Hawkins, Spall Spencer (Best Actress, Supporting Actress/Actor)

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    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.

    FYC: Vanessa Kirby - Pieces of a Woman

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    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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