Glenn Close says it ‘might be cool’ to never get an Oscar

‘Is it better to be wheeled out in a wheelchair and get the lifetime achievement award?’

Clémence Michallon
New York City
Monday 25 January 2021 18:57 GMT
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Glenn Close has been nominated for seven Academy Awards over almost four decades, but has yet to win an Oscar – and she’s entirely at peace with that.

The acclaimed actor, who has won three Golden Globes, three Emmys, two SAG Awards, and three Tonys among many other distinctions, spoke with comedian Pete Davidson in a new interview for Variety.

Both performers traded questions, with Davidson asking Close about her most recent film, Ron Howard’s adaptation of JD Vance’s 2016 book of the same name. Close asked Davidson about The King of Staten Island, a comedy-drama released in June 2020.

“You’ve been nominated for seven Oscars, which is insane and ridiculous,” Davidson told Close. “What can we do to get you an Oscar? We have to get the internet to help, because you deserve seven!”

Close mused in response: “Is it better to be wheeled out in a wheelchair and get the lifetime achievement award? You don’t have to make a speech.”

She added that the situation is “beyond me”, and that all she can do is “keep doing what’s good”, highlighting the importance of being fulfilled by her work.

“It might be cool to never get one,” she added of the Academy Awards. “I wouldn’t mind being wheeled out when I’m old and drooling, and I have a gray wig to cover my bald head.”

Close’s most recent nomination was in the Best Actress category, as the result of her acclaimed performance in the 2018 film The Wife.

Her other nominations for Best Actress honoured her roles in Albert Nobbs (released in 2011), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and Fatal Attraction (1987).

Prior to those, Close was three times nominated for Best Supporting Actress: first for The World According to Garp (1982), then for The Big Chill (1983), and finally for The Natural (1984).

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