Glenn Close's publicists must have been working round the clock these last few months. A highly likely Best Actress Oscar contender for her performance in Albert Nobbs, Close has already received the San Sebastian International Film Festival's Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award and, a couple of days ago, the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Career Achievement Award. Now comes the announcement that Close will be taking home another Career Achievement Award, this time at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's awards gala ceremony on January 7, 2012, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
In Albert Nobbs, Close plays a 19th-century Irishwoman who passes as a (strange-looking) man in order to eke out a living in those difficult times. In the past, the Academy has often shown a penchant for cross-dressing actors, e.g., Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot, Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria, Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, John Lithgow The World According to Garp, Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously, William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman, etc. (Barbra Streisand in Yentl was a notable exception to this Academy rule.) Apparently, so do late 2011/early 2012 film festivals.
Now, what have Meryl Streep's publicists been doing lately?
Past recipients of the Palm Springs Festival's Career Achievement Award include Cate Blanchett, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson and Helen Mirren. The festival runs January 5-16.
The information below is from the Palm Springs Film Festival's press release:
In her forthcoming film Albert Nobbs, Close plays a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th-century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making. Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Brendan Gleeson join a prestigious, international cast that includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricker and Pauline Collins. Rodrigo Garcia directs from a script that Glenn Close, along with Man Booker prize-winning novelist John Banville and Gabriella Prekop, adapted from a short story by Irish author George Moore. Roadside Attractions will release the film theatrically this December.
Close made her feature film debut in George Roy Hill's The World According to Garp. Her performance earned her awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review as well as her first Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for her performances in Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill, Barry Levinson's The Natural, Adrian Lyne's smash Fatal Attraction and Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons, for which she was also a BAFTA Award nominee. She recently received the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Her other films include Richard Marquand's Jagged Edge, Barbet Schroeder's Reversal of Fortune, Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, István Szabó's Meeting Venus, Ron Howard's The Paper, Stephen Herek's 101 Dalmatians, Kevin Lima's 102 Dalmatians, Wolfgang Petersen's Air Force One, Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune, Rose Troche's The Safety of Objects, James Ivory's Le Divorce, Chris Terrio's Heights, Rodrigo García's Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her and Nine Lives, and Lajos Koltai's Evening.
On television, Close headlines the critically acclaimed legal thriller Damages for the fifth season, now on DirecTV, portraying high-stakes litigator Patty Hewes, earning a 2010 Emmy Award nomination and two consecutive Emmys as Best Actress in a Drama Series for the first two seasons. For the show's 2009 premiere season, she won a Golden Globe Award in addition to the Emmy and received a SAG nomination. Prior to Damages, Close won rave reviews and an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Captain Monica Rawling in a season-long story arc on FX's The Shield.
Glenn Close photo: Palm Springs Film Festival