Glenn Close: New Queen Of The Oscar Losers?

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If the experts at GoldDerby.com (including me) are right, Glenn Close will tie Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter for the most losses in female-acting categories in Oscar history.

They each have six nominations.

Deborah was actually a bigger loser than Glenn because all six of her noms were for Best Actress.

Glenn's had three for Best Actress and three for Supporting.

(Thelma's six were all for Supporting.)

Still, numerically speaking, they're all tied.

If Glenn doesn't bag the trophy for Albert Nobbs in a few weeks, she'll be one of three queens alongside the king of Oscar losses, Peter O'Toole, who's had eight non-wins and is a good sport about it.

Interestingly, this time around, Glenn is again pitted against her old friend, two-time winner Meryl Streep.

As Glenn herself has quipped, "I've often been mistaken for Meryl Streep, although never on Oscar night."

Well, here's the good news, Glenn.

If you lose this one, you can always make more films, keep getting nominated, and lose some more.

Then you'll truly be the queen!

Deborah and Thelma don't have much chance of that happening.


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Brad White; Norfolk, VA
Brad White; Norfolk, VA

So, is Musto implying that Glenn Close's supporting actress nominations are somehow less relevant than her lead actress nominations?  A nomination is a nomination. 

Isis
Isis

They're still nominations, but they're for smaller parts--thus the word "supporting". That's why Renee Zellweger looked crushed when she lost for "Chicago" and not that thrilled when she won for "Cold Moutnain".

Brad White; Norfolk, VA
Brad White; Norfolk, VA

I understand the meaning of supporting.  My point was that it shouldn't be any less thrilling to be nominated in a supporting category than in a leading category.  It's recognition either  way.

Diixie
Diixie

True, but to Oscar observers, Deborah Kerr is the biggest "loser" of all women since she lost Best Actress six times (despite getting a special Oscar). But as Musto points out, Glenn can keep getting nominated and "losing" and she could top that.

Robby
Robby

Well let's remember Deborah Kerr was given an Honorary Oscar which she accepted in person at the Ceremony. So it's Glenn Close and Thelma Ritter FTW

M.S.
M.S.

And Glenn Close presented Kerr with hers. Hmmm......

Davore
Davore

True, but honorary doesn't really count. Judy Garland won an honorary one for juvenile in Wizard of Oz, but she's not really considered an Oscar winner because people think mainly of the competitive categories.

AnonTWO
AnonTWO

Paul Newman never won an Oscar either! Paul Newman was a major movie star who made terrific films and yes he was gorgeous for most of his life, no AA.Strange.

Mayhew
Mayhew

Are you nuts??? he won best Actor for The Color of Money.

VonD
VonD

Exactly! It took them forever to honor Mr. Paul Newman, but he got his props finally, yes, ma'am, huntee!

Helene
Helene

 BTW, that was the 1st Oscar ceremony he didn't show up for, he was so sick of losing!

Troofire
Troofire

She should have gotten it for Fatal Attraction instead of Cher.

Brad White; Norfolk, VA
Brad White; Norfolk, VA

Glenn should have three Oscars on her mantel - 1982 Supporting Actress for "The World According to Garp" (lost to Jessica Lange in "Tootsie"); 1987 Best Actress for "Fatal Attraction" (lost to Cher as you mentioned); and, 1988 Best Actress for "Dangerous Liaisons" (lost to Jodie Foster in "The Accused").  She also deserved supporting nods for "Reversal of Fortune" (1990) and the underrated "Heights" (2005).  I'm so happy that she has gotten Emmys and Tonys, and I really feel a Kennedy Center Honor is coming in the next few years. 

CMG
CMG

I think the loss to Jodie is the one that sticks out.  The Accused would not not even be Lifetime movie fare today.  

Parnell
Parnell

Well, at least she has an Emmy or two, doesn't she?

Wings
Wings

I always knew she was the new Thelma Ritter!

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