The Weinstein Co. has a full Oscar plate, and their job just got tougher, as Roadside Attractions and Mickey Liddell just took on a formidable possible best actress contender: Glenn Close as gender-bender Albert Nobbs. The two companies also mounted a successful Oscar push for Biutiful, landing Javier Bardem a best actor nomination; and Roadside also scored four Oscar nominations for Winter’s Bone, including best actress for Jennifer Lawrence.
Close won an Obie for Simone Benmussa’s 1982 stage play based on a story by George Moore about a straight woman who passes as a male butler in a Dublin hotel in order to survive. Ever since, Close has been trying to turn the story into a movie, and finally pushed it through with actors’ favorite Rodrigo Garcia (Mother & Child) at the helm. (Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Brendan Gleeson co-star.) Damages star Close (who like many actresses has fared better in TV than film as she has matured) nabbed five Oscar nominations during her Hollywood heyday in the 80s. Two were for best actress: Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liasisons. She is long overdue for her first Oscar win.
While Streep and Close’s other possible rivals include Wasikowska (Jane Eyre), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Charlize Theron (Young Adult), at this pre-Toronto stage–with many films yet unseen–the two older veterans look like mighty contenders indeed.
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