Glenn Close defies dreadful Hillbilly Elegy reviews to score Golden Globe nomination

The film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 26 per cent

Jacob Stolworthy@Jacob_Stol
Monday 22 February 2021 14:42
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Glenn Close has been Golden Globe nominated for a film that many consider to be the worst of 2020.

Close scored her 14th nomination for Hillbilly Elegy, the Ron Howard drama starring Amy Adams.

The Netflix film, which is based on the white, working-class Appalachian community in JD Vance’s controversial 2016 memoir, was described by The Independent’s critic Clarisse Loughrey as “a sickeningly irresponsible parade of death and despair”.  

Close stars as the fearsome grandmother of Vance, who is played by Owen Asztalos.

Following its release in December 2020, Hillbilly Elegy was widely criticised for perpetuating stereotypes about the poor.

Howard himself stepped in to defend the film, suggesting that those who were critical of his film might be taking aim at wider political issues.

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“I do feel like they’re looking at political thematics that they may or may not disagree with that, honestly, are not really reflected or are not front and centre in this story,” he told CBS This Morning.

Glenn Close has been nominated for ‘Hillbilly Elegy’

Close was hailed as the highlight of the film, which has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 26 per cent.

It is one of the lowest scoring films to be nominated at this year's Golden Globes alongside Sia’ controversial autism drama Music, which has 10 per cent). Find the full list of nominations here.

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