A Day In The Life

Close, But Not Quite
October 19, 2007, 11:53 pm
Filed under: Odds and Ends

I think Glenn Close is a superb actress. She has been nominated for many awards and has won quite a few, but the Oscar has eluded her thus far.   I have a difficult time understanding that.   Remember Fatal Attraction ?  Close’s portrayal of the demented Alex Forrest was brilliant.  Her madness leapt off the screen to become a pop culture morality lesson for philandering husbands.  Close was nominated for Best Actress in 1988 for the Fatal Attraction role, but Cher won the award for her performance in Moonstruck.  Moonstruck is definitely on my long list of favorite movies and Cher was wonderful in the film, but, in my humble opinion, Glenn Close was a far better choice as Best Actress.  And who can forget the stoic Jenny Field in The World According to Garp ?  Another fantastic performance by Glenn Close for which she received a nomination in 1983 as Best Supporting Actress .   Jessica Lange got the Oscar nod that year for her work in Tootsie.  Again, Tootsie is a great movie, but I honestly can’t remember what Jessica did that merited her an Oscar.  Glenn Close also received Best Supporting Actress nominations for her roles in The Natural (1985) and The Big Chill (1984).  She was nudged out in both those years by relatively obscure actresses, Peggy Ashcroft and Linda Hunt. 

One of my favorite Glenn Close roles is the Marquise de Marteuil in Dangerous Liaisons. 


I really like this film and it is loaded with great performances.  John Malkovich is perfect as Vicomte de Valmont.  I’ve never thought of Malkovich as being sexy or even particularly goodlooking, but I can’t imagine another actor doing a better portrayal of the cynical and dissolute Valmont.  Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Uma Thurman and a very young Keanu Reeves round out the cast along with Glenn Close.  And Close is just….magnificent.  Her face is so expressive that at times the very clever dialogue is rendered unnecessary.  From the palpable boredom in her eyes during the opening dressing scene to the lonely tears that streak through her ruined face paint at the end of the film,  Close’s features tell the story of seduction, revenge and betrayal in a far more passionate manner than the most descriptive of words. 


Once again, Close was nominated for Best Actress in 1989 for her performance in Dangerous Liaisons.  Jodie Foster won for The Accused.  Foster was powerful in her role, but Glenn Close was….I can’t think of a better word….magnificent. 


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The Oscars are fast becoming a joke. I’m still trying to work out how Gwyneth Paltrow beat Cate Blanchette, when Paltrow’s role gave her roughtly 12 minutes of total screen time, whereas Blanchette’s portrayal of Elizabeth I was not only masterful but she was in every scene.

I’d also like to know how ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ managed Best Picture, Best Writing, Best Actress, Best Makepu and another 12 nominations in various categories, yet Bruce Beresford wasn’t even nominated for Best Director, despite his winning Best Directon at the BAFTA’s for the same film.

It’s all about the money.

Comment by Willowtree

It’s who buys it. really.

Comment by Pamela

I have to agree with it being all about who you know and how much you are willing to spend.

I’d like to think that Glenn Close is just above all that political nonsense…she knows that WE know how amazing she is.

Comment by Susan

It is about the money and the inner clique in Hollywood. Who is popular, like in highschool.

Madonna was amazing in Evita and didn’t even get nominated. She has always been very unpopular in Hollywood.

Comment by Devon

Yup – I agree. Glenn Close is amazing. and I don’t get the Jessica Lange thing – everyone says she is a good actress, but really – she is kind of the SAME in every movie.

Comment by Karmyn R

WT: Yes, the Gwnyeth Paltrow/Cate Blanchette thing was a mystery to me also. I remember the Bruce Beresford slight, too. Seems there was talk about some transgression he had supposedly committed which was why the Academy cut him from nominations.

Pamela, Susan, Devon: I agree. It boils down to who you know, how much money your movies generate and how popular you are. Come to think of it….it is a lot like high school!!

Karmyn: At last, someone who thinks some of the same thoughts I do about Jessica Lange. I NEVER have understood what made her such a star during the 80’s. Her acting isn’t anything out of the ordinary and neither are her looks.

Comment by Arkansas Songbird

Im w/ Willowtree, the Oscars have lost their true meaning.

I LOVE LOVE Glen Close and also the movie ‘Fatal Attraction’. I just caught part of the movie a few weeks back and it was as good as the first time I saw it at the movie theatre.

Comment by BarnGoddess

You designed it? Good job!

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