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  1. Having A.O. Scott as a big fan of the film certainly helps. I still think Close is the one to beat this year.

  2. Having A.O. Scott as a big fan of the film certainly helps. I still think Close is the one to beat this year.

  3. Her acting style in this clip reminds me of Bill Nighy, which I guess is a compliment, considering that Nighy is a man. Glenn Close has such a striking appearance. I find her oddly compelling and convincing as a man. That woman sure is talented.

  4. Her acting style in this clip reminds me of Bill Nighy, which I guess is a compliment, considering that Nighy is a man. Glenn Close has such a striking appearance. I find her oddly compelling and convincing as a man. That woman sure is talented.

  5. Pierre de Plume

    Judging from this clip, it certainly looks like this could be the year for Close.

  6. Pierre de Plume

    Judging from this clip, it certainly looks like this could be the year for Close.

  7. dinasztie

    Wow, I didn’t recognise Glenn despite being a die-hard fan. I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO want her to win!

    Glenn FTW!

  8. dinasztie

    Wow, I didn’t recognise Glenn despite being a die-hard fan. I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO want her to win!

    Glenn FTW!

  9. therealmike

    I would be very happy for her. She doesn´t need an oscar to prove what great movie icon she is but she really deserves it. I mean how weird is it that we can´t call her Oscar-winner Glenn Close. Absurd.

    This year there was Speed 2: Cruise Control on TV and guess how they advertised it? “Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock in Speed 2″ (I really like Sandra Bullock. But not as an Oscar winner) So please give an Oscar to Glenn Close and then Julianne Moore and then Gary Oldman etc.

  10. therealmike

    I would be very happy for her. She doesn´t need an oscar to prove what great movie icon she is but she really deserves it. I mean how weird is it that we can´t call her Oscar-winner Glenn Close. Absurd.

    This year there was Speed 2: Cruise Control on TV and guess how they advertised it? “Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock in Speed 2″ (I really like Sandra Bullock. But not as an Oscar winner) So please give an Oscar to Glenn Close and then Julianne Moore and then Gary Oldman etc.

  11. Gentle Benj

    I can see suspension of disbelief is gonna be tricky for me. All I could think during the clip was “this guy really believes he’s talking to a biological man?” They must have really put a lot of stock in the clothes a person wears, in those days. Or else he was hitting that bottle pretty hard even before the scene started.

  12. Gentle Benj

    I can see suspension of disbelief is gonna be tricky for me. All I could think during the clip was “this guy really believes he’s talking to a biological man?” They must have really put a lot of stock in the clothes a person wears, in those days. Or else he was hitting that bottle pretty hard even before the scene started.

  13. WOW…Best Actress 2011 ? I hope so. I LOVE Meryl Streep, but if I have to choose between her third Oscar and Close’s first, I choose Close.

  14. WOW…Best Actress 2011 ? I hope so. I LOVE Meryl Streep, but if I have to choose between her third Oscar and Close’s first, I choose Close.

  15. Well, the clip isn’t enough to call Glenn Close an Oscar winner yet but the project seems promising and of course I’m looking forward to watching this as soon it is in theaters.

  16. Well, the clip isn’t enough to call Glenn Close an Oscar winner yet but the project seems promising and of course I’m looking forward to watching this as soon it is in theaters.

  17. Brendan Gleeson’s acting is better in this clip.

  18. Brendan Gleeson’s acting is better in this clip.

  19. Gentle Benj

    Brendan Gleeson’s acting is better in this clip.

    Agreed.

  20. Gentle Benj

    Brendan Gleeson’s acting is better in this clip.

    Agreed.

  21. Looks mint. Close was a serious contender long before this clip, but after seeing this I agree with the above – Gleeson might be in the game as well.

  22. Looks mint. Close was a serious contender long before this clip, but after seeing this I agree with the above – Gleeson might be in the game as well.

  23. Erik Anderson

    I’m with Benj. There’s something incredibly off-putting and odd about Close’s appearance, voice, demeanor that make it seem unintentionally comedic. She looks like a puppet and I have this weird Yentl feeling about it.

  24. Erik Anderson

    I’m with Benj. There’s something incredibly off-putting and odd about Close’s appearance, voice, demeanor that make it seem unintentionally comedic. She looks like a puppet and I have this weird Yentl feeling about it.

  25. I am still not quite convinced. She reminded me a bit of the gay airline steward from Tracey Takes On… But I am sure that this clip is not the best way to showcase what Close does in the movie.

    Another comparison that I can think of is Girl, Interrupted. Girl was Ryder’s passion project but Jolie walked away awards. Almost every review I have read singles out Mcteer (a past nominee). Albert Nobbs might actually secure her a win. For Close, unlike Ryder, at least a nomination is secure.

    On a purely superficial front (sorry), I don’t think Close makes a very attractive man. I understand this has to do with the use of prosthetics. I miss Close’s usual striking, angular and intense face in the clip. We all know that academy has a tendency to judge the best actress race like a beauty contest.

    Close vs. Streep, despite my reservations about both performances, will be like a dream com true. Either way I will be happy with the win.

  26. I am still not quite convinced. She reminded me a bit of the gay airline steward from Tracey Takes On… But I am sure that this clip is not the best way to showcase what Close does in the movie.

    Another comparison that I can think of is Girl, Interrupted. Girl was Ryder’s passion project but Jolie walked away awards. Almost every review I have read singles out Mcteer (a past nominee). Albert Nobbs might actually secure her a win. For Close, unlike Ryder, at least a nomination is secure.

    On a purely superficial front (sorry), I don’t think Close makes a very attractive man. I understand this has to do with the use of prosthetics. I miss Close’s usual striking, angular and intense face in the clip. We all know that academy has a tendency to judge the best actress race like a beauty contest.

    Close vs. Streep, despite my reservations about both performances, will be like a dream com true. Either way I will be happy with the win.

  27. I don’t agree with the perception that Close doesn’t convince as a man. I don’t think she looks like one’s conventional impression of masculinity, but nor does she look particularly feminine. Close has the kind of face that can look any number of things, depending on how you look at it, and what she’s projecting in the role. She makes for a striking woman, and an even more striking man.

  28. I don’t agree with the perception that Close doesn’t convince as a man. I don’t think she looks like one’s conventional impression of masculinity, but nor does she look particularly feminine. Close has the kind of face that can look any number of things, depending on how you look at it, and what she’s projecting in the role. She makes for a striking woman, and an even more striking man.

  29. Gentle Benj

    It’s the voice though, too. Lots of men’s voices pitch higher than lots of women’s voices, so it’s not just the pitch, but she doesn’t seem to have done much voice modulation at all. The grossly exaggerated lip-rounding isn’t enough to keep her from sounding unmistakeably female.

  30. Gentle Benj

    It’s the voice though, too. Lots of men’s voices pitch higher than lots of women’s voices, so it’s not just the pitch, but she doesn’t seem to have done much voice modulation at all. The grossly exaggerated lip-rounding isn’t enough to keep her from sounding unmistakeably female.

  31. I agree with the person above who mentioned ‘Yentl’…I’ve been calling this Glenn Close’s ‘Yentl’ for awhile….(without the singing) except Babs directed as well. (and has already won a damn Oscar) I can see Nobbs getting the same nominations Yentl did (Amy Irving = Mia or Janet, Best Art Direction or Costumes. But the reviews just aren’t there for Close…(but her overdue status is always present) :/ I’m excited to see the film though, but with Rodrigo at the helm, we should have known it would be very understated and not a powerhouse.

  32. I agree with the person above who mentioned ‘Yentl’…I’ve been calling this Glenn Close’s ‘Yentl’ for awhile….(without the singing) except Babs directed as well. (and has already won a damn Oscar) I can see Nobbs getting the same nominations Yentl did (Amy Irving = Mia or Janet, Best Art Direction or Costumes. But the reviews just aren’t there for Close…(but her overdue status is always present) :/ I’m excited to see the film though, but with Rodrigo at the helm, we should have known it would be very understated and not a powerhouse.

  33. I think we’re incorrectly looking at Glenn Close’s performance from a 21st century stand-point. Today, we are so conversant with the idea of cross-dressing, transgender etc., that we see it a mile off. So let’s try casting ourselves back to 19th century Dublin. This was such a chauvinist society that if you were a woman and cut your hair short, dressed as a man, assumed a man’s name and presented yourself as a man… people assumed you were a man. A small man with a narrow frame, fey even, but a man nonetheless. No one would ever assume that a woman would need to or even want to be a man. There was no social need for it. Just look at how Gleeson reacts to Close’s remark about a woman serving at the counter. He assumes that Nobbs is after a woman because it would never enter his head that the man with whom he was speaking was in actual fact a woman.

  34. I think we’re incorrectly looking at Glenn Close’s performance from a 21st century stand-point. Today, we are so conversant with the idea of cross-dressing, transgender etc., that we see it a mile off. So let’s try casting ourselves back to 19th century Dublin. This was such a chauvinist society that if you were a woman and cut your hair short, dressed as a man, assumed a man’s name and presented yourself as a man… people assumed you were a man. A small man with a narrow frame, fey even, but a man nonetheless. No one would ever assume that a woman would need to or even want to be a man. There was no social need for it. Just look at how Gleeson reacts to Close’s remark about a woman serving at the counter. He assumes that Nobbs is after a woman because it would never enter his head that the man with whom he was speaking was in actual fact a woman.

  35. The Pope has an excellent point.

  36. The Pope has an excellent point.

  37. Close looks extraordinary.

  38. Close looks extraordinary.

  39. Couldnt agree more with the couple of people above. Gleeson was significantly more impressive in this scene than Close.

  40. Couldnt agree more with the couple of people above. Gleeson was significantly more impressive in this scene than Close.

  41. Please read, because I feel that so many here are missing the point.

    What we have here is an interesting, but purely answerable paradox. My first reaction was that, next too Gleeson, who is so effortlessly natural she does lose something of a convincing male quality. But, of course, that is because she not playing a male but A FEMALE trying to pretend to be a man. There is a HUGE difference between the two. With that in mind, she is doing great.

    Yes, this is a great performance.

  42. Please read, because I feel that so many here are missing the point.

    What we have here is an interesting, but purely answerable paradox. My first reaction was that, next too Gleeson, who is so effortlessly natural she does lose something of a convincing male quality. But, of course, that is because she not playing a male but A FEMALE trying to pretend to be a man. There is a HUGE difference between the two. With that in mind, she is doing great.

    Yes, this is a great performance.

  43. julian the emperor

    Not impressed (but still miles ahead of that horrible Streep clip from The Iron Lady). I have to say, though, I hope some young, fresh blood will nail it this year (Michelle Williams, springs to mind)

  44. julian the emperor

    Not impressed (but still miles ahead of that horrible Streep clip from The Iron Lady). I have to say, though, I hope some young, fresh blood will nail it this year (Michelle Williams, springs to mind)

  45. I sense trouble.

  46. I sense trouble.

  47. Totally agree with The Pope (Never thought I’d write that sentence. Not a fan of catholicism)

    The whole gender-19th century thing is certainly very interesting. Glenn Close is one of the most underrated actresses ever and she FU**ING DESERVES THAT OSCAR. Forget about Meryl. Love her but ENOUGH WITH HER.

    That being said, I gotta say I absolutely loved Brendan Gleeson in this clip. That guy deserves an Oscar too.

  48. Totally agree with The Pope (Never thought I’d write that sentence. Not a fan of catholicism)

    The whole gender-19th century thing is certainly very interesting. Glenn Close is one of the most underrated actresses ever and she FU**ING DESERVES THAT OSCAR. Forget about Meryl. Love her but ENOUGH WITH HER.

    That being said, I gotta say I absolutely loved Brendan Gleeson in this clip. That guy deserves an Oscar too.

  49. Scott Doesn't Know

    I think people really are forgetting that Close is not playing a man, but she’s playing a woman who is impersonating a man. I thought she was more than convincing in this short clip and her awkward tension-filled demeanor is quite appropriate. To me, the strength of Close’s acting in this clip is what she’s not saying. It’s all in the eyes and her body language.

  50. Scott Doesn't Know

    I think people really are forgetting that Close is not playing a man, but she’s playing a woman who is impersonating a man. I thought she was more than convincing in this short clip and her awkward tension-filled demeanor is quite appropriate. To me, the strength of Close’s acting in this clip is what she’s not saying. It’s all in the eyes and her body language.

  51. Pierre de Plume

    I agree with The Pope, as well, and am just as thunderstruck as Billyboy.

    One big question is where will Viola Davis end up? Although I think she’s supporting, she could easily turn out to be big competition for Ms. Close.

  52. Pierre de Plume

    I agree with The Pope, as well, and am just as thunderstruck as Billyboy.

    One big question is where will Viola Davis end up? Although I think she’s supporting, she could easily turn out to be big competition for Ms. Close.

  53. Okay, just for the record. I, The Pope, am not Catholic. I only chose that name because my real Dad was The Pope way back in the 70s (there were three, pick one).

  54. Okay, just for the record. I, The Pope, am not Catholic. I only chose that name because my real Dad was The Pope way back in the 70s (there were three, pick one).

  55. Gentle Benj

    I think people really are forgetting that Close is not playing a man, but she’s playing a woman who is impersonating a man.

    It’s not that. For this story to make sense, she has to play a woman who is impersonating a man well enough to convince the people around her. That’s what I’m not seeing in this clip. The historical/cultural differences in gender identification do come into play, but this film was made for viewers in 2011. In this medium, some compromise needs to be struck between the setting and the sensibilities of the audience. And anyway, it sounds more like a a retroactive (albeit intellectually sound) excuse for what we see in the clip, rather than a reason Close actually chose to play it that way.

    That’s probably enough whinging out of me for one minute of film. Better reserve judgment as much as I can until I see the movie. It’s gonna be hard though.

  56. Gentle Benj

    I think people really are forgetting that Close is not playing a man, but she’s playing a woman who is impersonating a man.

    It’s not that. For this story to make sense, she has to play a woman who is impersonating a man well enough to convince the people around her. That’s what I’m not seeing in this clip. The historical/cultural differences in gender identification do come into play, but this film was made for viewers in 2011. In this medium, some compromise needs to be struck between the setting and the sensibilities of the audience. And anyway, it sounds more like a a retroactive (albeit intellectually sound) excuse for what we see in the clip, rather than a reason Close actually chose to play it that way.

    That’s probably enough whinging out of me for one minute of film. Better reserve judgment as much as I can until I see the movie. It’s gonna be hard though.

  57. Simon Warrasch

    Glenn Close is definitely a lock for a nomination! She should have won the Oscar for her stunning work in “Fatal Attraction”! She was far better than Cher in that year!

    Right now i have no idea who will win the Oscar for Leading Actress! But i think it will be Glenn Close! She is such a great actress and it doesn’t care if it is on TV, on a Stage or in Movies! Actors admire her! Audience admire her! She is a Movie living legend.

    So right now i would predict:

    Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
    Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
    Michelle Williams – My week with Marylin
    Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Kate Winslet – Carnage

  58. Simon Warrasch

    Glenn Close is definitely a lock for a nomination! She should have won the Oscar for her stunning work in “Fatal Attraction”! She was far better than Cher in that year!

    Right now i have no idea who will win the Oscar for Leading Actress! But i think it will be Glenn Close! She is such a great actress and it doesn’t care if it is on TV, on a Stage or in Movies! Actors admire her! Audience admire her! She is a Movie living legend.

    So right now i would predict:

    Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
    Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
    Michelle Williams – My week with Marylin
    Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Kate Winslet – Carnage

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