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7 Jan 2019

Glenn Close Upsets Lady Gaga, Taking Best Actress At The Golden Globes

Glenn Close won a Golden Globe on Sunday and it was one of the biggest upsets of the night. Her portrayal of Joan Castleman in “The Wife” won her a third Globe for best actress in a drama, over Lady Gaga, who was widely expected to win for her performance in “A Star is Born.”

In a tearful speech that drew many in the crowd to their feet, Close, seemingly caught off-guard when her name was announced, implored women to “find personal fulfillment.” After acknowledging the other nominees and thanking, among others, “Meg Wolitzer for writing this incredible novel and Jane Anderson for adapting it,” the actress said it took 14 years to make the movie. “You know, it was called ‘The Wife.’ I think that’s why it took 14 years to get made.”
She continued:

“To play a character is so internal. And I’m thinking of my mom who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life and in her 80s she said to me, “I feel I haven’t accomplished anything.” And it was so not right and I feel what I’ve learned through this whole experience is that, you know, women, we are nurturers, that’s what’s expected of us. We have our children. We have our husbands if we are lucky enough, and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, “I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.”

And, you know, when I was little, I felt like Muhammad Ali, who was destined to be a boxer. I felt destined to be an actress. I saw all the early Disney films and Hayley Mills, and I said, “I can do that.” And here I am today. It will have been 45 years in September that I am a working actress. And I cannot imagine a more wonderful life. Thank you Björn Runge, who is here, who directed “The Wife,” who trusted the close-up, who knew where to put the camera and how to light us. Jonathan Pryce, what a great partner. My daughter Annie who played the foundation of this character. I love you, my darling. Thank you so much.”

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