|When Did You Think Glenn Close Was The Best?|
|1. The World According The Garp||3 votes (6.25%)|
|2. The Big Chill||1 votes (2.08%)|
|3. The Natural||0 votes (0.00%)|
|4. Fatal Attraction||14 votes (29.17%)|
|5. Dangerous Liaisons||28 votes (58.33%)|
|6. Albert Nobbs||2 votes (4.17%)|
October 3, 2018 at 8:54 pm #1202645977
These threads were fairly popular around five years ago, so this thread may have been made before, but what the hell- with Glenn being a major awards contender this year I decided to ask the question- When did you think Glenn Close was the best? Additionally, what are your thoughts on all of her Oscar losses? When did you think she was closest to winning? Why do you think she’s been passed over as much as she has? Do you think she wants to win an Oscar(obviously everybody does but you know what I mean)?October 3, 2018 at 8:58 pm #1202645978
Fatal AttractionOctober 4, 2018 at 1:51 am #1202646039
<p style=”text-align: left;”>I think the year were she was completely robbed was definetely 1989, when she lost to Jodie Foster for The Accused. She was an absulotely masterpiece in Dangerous Liaisons, that movie and her performance were mind blowing. She was absolutely fantastic in Fatal Attraction as well, but both Cher in Moonstruck and Holly Hunter in Broadcast News were also worthy of the win. She was also good in The World According to Garp and The Big Chill. She also gave other performances that could have been contendores for the oscars like Reversal of Fortune, 101 Dalmatians, Cookie’s Fortune and maybe Air Force One.</p>October 4, 2018 at 9:07 am #1202646168
I personally thought she should’ve won for The World According to Garp. While I understand Jessica Lange was a double nominee that year for Frances and Tootsie, I didn’t find anything special about her character in the latter film that would result in a win.October 4, 2018 at 9:32 am #1202646174
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Dangerous Liaisons easily. Though I’m also fond of her work in Fatal Attraction (trashy fun that would not work without her utterly appropriate diabolical performance), The World According to Garp, Immediate Family, Albert Knobbs and the horrid The House of Spirits which featured an all-star cast performing badly including Meryl and Jeremy Irons in a fright wig that was only watchable because of Glenn Closes’ luminous performance.October 4, 2018 at 10:09 am #1202646197
Honestly, it wasÂ Damages for me.October 4, 2018 at 8:04 pm #1202646503
My fav performance is reversal of fortune but she wasnâ€™t even nominatedOctober 4, 2018 at 10:21 pm #1202646560
101 Dalmatians.October 4, 2018 at 11:06 pm #1202646572
The interesting thing about Glenn Close’s career was that she was sort of typecast for most of the 80s as the nice good woman so when she showed up in Fatal Attraction as this wildly unbalanced character it was a shock. I mean the role was shocking and the film was shocking but having her in it made it more so. I think she’s incredible in it especially if you read about how much research she did on mental health and borderline personality disorder. She tried really hard to not let them change the end of the film which would have been less action oriented but more realistic. (the original end is on youtube btw.)
I think she may have had a shot at winning for Garp had Lange not had the double nods. (It’s really competitive but she did get some critics awards and could have pulled it off.)
The Big Chill was a surprise nomination in that nobody else got nominated. The men probably split the vote and of the women she was the most respected at the time so she got in. The men were all kind of equally acclaimed.
The Natural was another surprise. She always jokes it was just good lighting but I think she’s really good in the film. She kind of glows and this was the peak of her good girl phase.
Fatal Attraction was too controversial. It was violent, some people felt it was anti-career women, some felt it was a rip off of “Play Misty for Me” (Clint did.) So she was never going to win and Cher had been building a steady path with like five years worth of good performances so it was just time to award her for doing the unthinkable and becoming a serious actress.
Dangerous Liasons loss is odd. By all standards she seems like she should have won. (historical drama, Best Picture nominee, all the other nominations) The film missed the Globes cutoff and was shut out there which probably hurt its momentum a bit. I guess the feeling was that Jodie Foster won for a film where she is a victim and she had been a victim by John Hinckley in real life so they felt bad for her and wanted to welcome her back. Plus she’d been a child actress and this was her first real strong adult performance so that got her votes probably.October 5, 2018 at 6:01 am #1202646689
<p>101 Dalmatians. </p>
I distinctly remember that as my first ever Glenn Close movie. I was 6 when it came out in theaters, and my parents took me to see it since I was such a big fan of the animated 101 Dalmatians. Her performance as Cruella really scared the crap out of me, which of course was a good thing.October 5, 2018 at 10:30 am #1202646856
Garp: I think that she was probably closest this year, and she should have won in this category above all others albeit this performance isn’t her best nominated performance. Even though Garp was a bizarre little film that was largely forgettable, she played exactly the quirky and layered character that I feel like the Academy goes for in this category. She made the most indelible impact on the movie even with limited screentime. Of course, I don’t think she was big enough yet to overcome Lange’s banner year, but I see it this way; Close was the most memorable part of a largely forgettable film, while Lange gave a rather forgettable performance in one of the most memorable films to date.
The Big Chill: Another interesting category, I really enjoyed Linda Hunt and Cher as well as Close, and while Hunt’s Oscar was pretty well-deserved I wouldn’t be unhappy with Close winning here, even though she was likely 3rd behind Hunt and Cher. Even though this movie has become somewhat of a classic for its’ era, Close really does give the most memorable performance in an ensemble film, although I do agree that she was probably nominated as more of a representative gesture for the rest of the cast as well. That scene where she’s sobbing in the shower gives me chills, man; this is what I think of when I think of Close at her peak.
The Natural: I can imagine why this performance was nominated back in the 80’s, it was Close’s third consecutive nomination in this category, and again, it’s the type of performance that the Academy tends to nominate in the Supporting Actress category. She was at her peak, and I can only guess that they would nominate her for almost whatever she did. I definitely enjoyed her performance and I thought that it was the strongest in the film, but it isn’t what I think of when I think of her more iconic performances. Peggy Ashcroft hands down deserved this Oscar, and I would guess that Geraldine Page was pretty overdue already at this point, putting her in second despite very little screen time. After that? I’m not sure, Close may have been 3rd or 4th, Lindsay Crouse may have been slightly ahead due to being in a BP nominated film.
Fatal Attraction: This is most commonly the role for which people thought she should win, and I have to admit that I disagree. She was probably as close here as she was with Garp, but I sincerely believe that Cher won because of the Academy’s star worship tendency, because she was snubbed of a nomination two years before for Mask, because she lost Supporting Actress before, and because she was in a BP nominated film that picked up many other noms. No way was her win based on performance. I think Close had the type of performance that the Best Actress category would normally go crazy for, and if Cher wasn’t in this category I could easily see her winning; however, I’m really not a huge fan of this performance and I would choose Holly Hunter in this lineup.
Dangerous Liaisons: I really don’t think that she was as close to winning as others have said. This might be her best performance put to film, and the character is so incredibly juicy that it brings to mind everything one could possibly love about Glenn Close. However, this was Jodie’s year and she 100% deserved it. Based on precursors, Close wasn’t getting much love for this film seeing as she wasn’t even nominated for the Drama GG, so despite it being a BP nom I don’t think her chances were too hot in this incredibly strong year for the Best Actress category. Sigourney could have been second, but she was way closer to winning Supporting Actress so that could have hurt her; Close could have been second or third or fourth depending on how much they liked Meryl that year, but I believe that Jodie won by a pretty wide margin regardless, and deservedly so.
Albert Nobbs: All things considered, I’m sort of surprised she didn’t win here. Her overdue narrative was in full form, and it was her first nominated role in over 20 years; it’s really not a bad performance either. Sure, the film has some pretty weak writing in parts, but the despair and vacancy and yearning in Close’s eyes elevate this film to probably the most it could ever be. To this day, I honestly can’t figure out why Meryl was so popular that year, I guess people were surprised she only had two Oscars and the Academy loved her so much that they figured she was more overdue than Close? Because of Davis’ SAG win, I have a feeling that second might have been pretty close between Close and Davis.October 5, 2018 at 10:41 am #1202646865
Garp: I think that she was probably closest this year, and she should have won in this category above all others albeit this performance isnâ€™t her best nominated performance. Even though Garp was a bizarre little film that was largely forgettable, she played exactly the quirky and layered character that I feel like the Academy goes for in this category. She made the most indelible impact on the movie even with limited screentime. Of course, I donâ€™t think she was big enough yet to overcome Langeâ€™s banner year, but I see it this way; Close was the most memorable part of a largely forgettable film, while Lange gave a rather forgettable performance in one of the most memorable films to date.
Please keep in mind that acting awards are only given to the best performances of a particular year, not to the best of an actor/actress’ lifetime.
October 5, 2018 at 10:51 am #1202646876
- This reply was modified 7 months, 2 weeks ago by Jeffrey Kare.
Please keep in mind that acting awards are only given to the best performances of a particular year, not to the best of an actor/actressâ€™ lifetime.
Sorry, I must have been unclear; I wasn’t saying she deserved it that year just because it’s the best performance of her career (that’s probably Dangerous Liaisons anyways); I just genuinely believe she gave the best performance of that year especially considering that it was a weak contingent and would have easily won if they didn’t give Lange a makeup Oscar; if you read on, I mention that even though Close gave a career-best performance in 1988, that Foster still deserved to win because that performance alone was better; I don’t disagree with you.
And just as well, I agree with you in theory that “the best performance wins,” but in practice we see that more and more this isn’t true. If a seasoned veteran who’s overdue for a win gives a “career-best” performance, they’re much more likely to win than a newcomer who gives a genuinely better performance. Academy votes are often based on politics, not the better performance.
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