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Glenn Close grabbing Career Achievement in Palm Springs – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Glenn Close will receive a Career Achievement Award at the 23rd Palm Springs Film Festival, which will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan. 7, 2012.

It’s the latest example of Close being recognized for her soulful, breathtaking performance as a cross-dressing butler in Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs.” The actress recently picked up a Career Achievement award at the 15th annual Hollywood Awards Gala. Earlier in the year, she accepted a similar prize at the San Sebastian Film Fest.

“Glenn Close has the gift of mesmerizing an audience whenever she performs,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said. “Since her film debut in 1982, Close’s ability to capture the essence of a character is unparalleled, be it a femme fatale, a notorious stalker or the trusted aide to a president. In ‘Albert Nobbs,’ her upcoming film, Close portrays a woman whose plan for survival in 19th century Ireland is to ‘pass’ as a man, only to find herself trapped by the reality she’s created. Here she revives a previous stage role and brings it to gritty life in yet another bravura performance.”

Roadside Attractions plans to release “Nobbs” on Dec. 21. The film has been a passion project for Close for decades, and it’s Roadside’s hope that Close — who already has been nominated for five Oscars — will collect her sixth Academy Award nomination for her spectacular portrayal of a woman trapped in a complicated personal quandary.

The Career Achievement recognitions certainly help keep Close on Oscar voters’ radars. But once Academy members see her performance, it’s my belief that Close solidifies herself as a Best Actress nominee, proving that the real achievement of her stunning career is that she’s still perfectly capable of delivering devastating performances when given the chance.

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