Sales Poster for Glenn Close's 'Albert Nobbs'

Mia Wasikowska and Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs
Photo: West End Films

I recently asked you if you would be willing to predict Meryl Streep's upcoming performance in The Iron Lady would be an Oscar contender. So, as the sales poster for Albert Nobbs arrives (via West End Films) I feel it is only right to ask what you think Glenn Close's chances are with her new film.

Close has been nominated for an Oscar five times and never won. Her last nomination came in 1989 for her role in Dangerous Liaisons opposite John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer. So while many like to say the two-time Oscar winner Streep is due for an Oscar, I have to assume the Close fanatics feel a 22 year drought where Close hasn't even scored a nomination might make her a bit more worthy of being "due".

Her role in Nobbs where she plays a woman posing as a man in order to find work and survive in 19th Century Ireland is not an unfamiliar one. She played the same role in an Off-Broadway interpretation of the story and won an Obie for her performance back in 1982. 29 years later and Close is now producing the film adaptation which she co-wrote with Man Booker prize-winning author John Banville. The film is directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Mother and Child) and does not yet have domestic distribution, which it will likely find later this year on the festival circuit.

Obviously, this isn't a lot to go on and like The Iron Lady we don't have a trailer or even a clip to base our opinions on, but I am throwing the question out there either way. Do you have any thoughts? Also, here's the poster...

Photo: West End Films
  • Joe

    In the production still she looks like Robin Williams from Bicentennial Man.

    • ben

      What does that matter?

      • Paul

        Who said it mattered, one cant make an observation?

  • J.P.

    Thank goodness that's not the official poster, because it's awful. It was created as the picture was going into production.


    It looks like a very interesting movie with great actors. I think the poster is terrific!It explains the theme of the movie to a "T".

  • Mark Johnson

    I actually have Streep and Close in a showdown this year in my initial predictions. I have Close winning. ...for now. Another performance I'm looking forward to hearing more about is Tilda Swinton in "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

  • Stiggy

    She looks like Brendan Cole from Strictly Come Dancing. As far as the Best Actress category is concerned It hasn'teven started yet and it's already Rooney Mara's to lose.

  • pinstripedjon

    LOL. Honestly, when I saw the mini-image of this poster in the "Latest News" section, I thought it was a picture of a chrome dildo.

  • Matthew Belson

    The bowler hat just made me think of the Magritte painting that was featured prominently in 1999's Thomas Crown Affair.

  • MKing

    hate to change the subject but the trailer for Transformers The Dark of the Moon just premiered on ITunes. I'm saying that because ROP doesn't have it up yet.

  • Stiggy

    I'm not sure wether to take this Albert Nobbs seriously or not.

    When I see Glen Close doing this act I keep thinking of
    1) A young Irvin Zistman (I guess Johnny Knoxville couldn't do a young Irvin Zistman) or 2) an overstretched gag from St Trinian's (Yes I already got the gag of Sarah Harding dressing up as a posh schoolboy to get information on David Tennant's villainous plots).

    Basically with those acts exsisting I can't take Close's "doing a Johnny Knoxville" act seriously.

  • Kevin

    I choose to take anything that Glenn Close does at this point in her career seriously. She is another one of those actresses who most definitely woulda/coulda/shoulda won an Oscar already (The Natural, Fatal Attraction, and Dangerous Liasons), but instead lost in what I would bet were very close races to Peggy Ashcroft, Cher and Jodie Foster. This is an actress at the peak of her powers. Take for instance, the last three years of "Damages".

  • Molly Harrington

    I saw "The Secret Life of Albert Nobbs" performed at the Druid Theater in Galway and LOVED it! With this stellar cast, I'm hoping they will do good things by it. As for the poster - I think it's visually striking, and does get to the core of the theme. The "limited release" date is December 1st, I believe. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Phoenix will be on the list of cities for the December 1st opening.