Oscar buzz has so far put Meryl Streep as a front runner in this years best actress race for her (yet unseen) portrayal of British Prime Minister in the upcoming film “The Iron Lady”.
Now it appears she has a rival to run with.
Deadline.com reported today that an independent film starring Glenn Close is getting a release in the latter part of the year, prime award season. The movie is called “Albert Mobbs” and tells the tale of a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland.
Pure Oscar bait I reckon.
Gender-bending roles often get noticed and sometimes win. Think of Linda Hunt who won a best supporting actress gong for playing a man in Peter Weir’s “The Year Of Living Dangerously”. Dustin Hoffman got noticed in “Tootsie”, Jack Lemmon in “Some Like It Hot”, Hilary Swank won best actress for “Boys Don’t Cry”, Felicity Huffman in “Transgender”, Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There”– the list goes on……..
Glenn Close won an Obie (an off-Broadway theatre award) for playing the same role in a play back in 1982. She is also a producer on the film and co-wrote the screenplay.
She has been nominated 5 times for an Oscar but has never won, but she has won a couple of Tonys and Emmys, is she heading for the EGOT?
Footnote: Interestingly Meryl Streep portrayed a male Rabbi (amongst a multiple of roles) in the TV adaptation of Tony Kushner’s masterpiece “Angels In America”, she won the Emmy!!
Wanderlusst take note, gender-bending is a happening thing 🙂