Glenn Close wins Best Actress at Tokyo Film Festival – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Glenn Close continues to solidify her position as a Best Actress contender in this year’s Oscar race. The five-time Academy Award winner picked up the Best Actress trophy at this year’s Tokyo Film Festival for her sublime work in the drama “Albert Nobbs.”

The fest, which closed Sunday with a screening of Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball,” handed its Best Picture prize to the French drama “Untouchables.”

But our interest in the still-developing awards race focuses on Close, who continues to add victories to her resume as she marches through the Oscar season. Prior to Tokyo, she claimed a Career Achievement award at the 15th annual Hollywood Awards Gala. She has collected kudos from audiences and critics at multiple film festivals, including Toronto and San Sebastian. Now Roadside is prepping a limited opening for Oscar consideration on Dec. 21, leading to a wider opening in early 2012.

In my TIFF review of “Nobbs,” I called it “a wonderful film of self-discovery, of finding love and loving oneself. … Director Rodrido Garcia (“Six Feet Under,” “Big Love”) has filmed a period picture with personality. “Nobbs” avoids the restraint that’s characteristic of the genre, and assembles a stable of actors that feel like members of an extended family … albeit one coping with the mysteries and hardships of gender confusion and economic uncertainty.”

And Close is spectacular. Click HERE for my exclusive one-on-one interview with the Oscar nominee from Toronto. Congrats to her and Team “Nobbs” on another important victory.

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