Glenn Close says that Gwyneth won Paltrow's Oscar for 1998 Shakespeare in love "makes no sense." The Miramax film also won the Best Picture Award that evening, which has been discussed for over 20 years. The comedy was the first in the genre since Annie Hall (1977) won Best Picture, and many believe it should have gone to Saving Private Ryan.
In a new interview Glenn Close spoke of being recognized for her acting work over the years. "I honestly think it's so good to be nominated by peers," says Close. However, she sees some flaws in the awards shows and how they are structured. You can read what Close had to say below.
"I never understood how to honestly compare performance, you know? I remember the year Gwyneth Paltrow won this incredible actress who was in the main train station and I thought, "What?" It makes no sense. "
The "incredible actress" Glenn Close is referring to is the well-known Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro, who, along with others, was recognized by the Berlin International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, for her performance at the Central Station. Shakespeare in Love is often considered to be the worst film ever to be voted best picture. Gwyneth Paltrow also competed against Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth, Meryl Streep in One True Thing, and Emily Watson in Hilary and Jackie.
The 1998 Academy Awards have been talked about a lot over the years, with an emphasis on Shakespeare in Love. Glenn Close says, "I think who wins has a lot to do with how things were, you know if they have traction or whatever. Publicity, how much money they had to spend in front of everyone." I have to be philosophical about it when I was upset about it. "Harvey Weinstein paid a lot of attention to marketing the film and is believed to have heavily armed the cast and crew for each interview.
Glenn Close has been nominated seven times for an Oscar and has never won in her long career. "I'm very proud of the times when my colleagues felt my performance deserved attention," she said. Close was nominated for The Wife, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, The Natural, The Big Chill, and The World, according to Garp. When discussing an award ceremony during a public health crisis, Close said it was "sad" when people couldn't get together and celebrate. However, she's still focused on her craft: "I just hope I can find the pieces further because I often think it's about the role." You can read the rest of the interview with Glenn Close above, thanks to the YouTube channel Popcorn with Peter Travers.
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