Glenn Close Urged Women to Find 'Personal Fulfillment' in Her Golden Globes Speech

Last night Glenn Close took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her performance in The Wife, a movie that took 14 years to get made—probably because it was called The Wife, Close said. Probably!

In her acceptance speech, Close connected the subject matter of the movie—adapted from a novel by Meg Wolitzer about the long-suffering spouse of a great American writer awarded the Nobel Prize—to her own life: “I’m thinking of my mom, who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life. And in her 80s, she said to me, ‘I feel I haven’t accomplished anything.’ And it was so not right.”

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She continued: “Women, we’re nurturers. That’s what’s expected of us. We have our children, we have our husbands if we’re lucky enough and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment.”

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olivianewtonjohn
olivianewtonjohn

I love Glenn Close. I kind of hope this strengthens the Oscar buzz for her. And her speech was not only spot on, it was obviously very heartfelt. I’m sure she thought she didn’t have a chance against Lady Gaga (I thought LG was a shoe-in since it was the Globes and they’re so obsessed with “celebrity”). I was really happy for her--now off to see The Wife!

Separately, I feel like Amy Adams is the Glenn Close of the early 2000s: always doing really strong work and being nominated...then losing to someone else. People really took GC for granted for a loooong time. And I think the same is happening to AA.

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