Roadside/Liddell pick up ‘Albert Nobbs’ for Fall release

Posted by · 2:33 pm · July 5th, 2011

It figures the day after I offer up my first set of Oscar predictions, a film I have an eye on as a potential awards vehicle finds distribution.

Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have picked up Rodrigo García’s “Albert Nobbs” for a fall release, and with it, you can bet a campaign for actress Glenn Close will be wind in the sails. On paper, the role seems to be the sort that could get Close that elusive first statue (much to the chagrin of Meryl Streep fans the world over, I imagine), but let’s see if the film has the goods, first.

It’s interesting to note that Close originally portrayed the character — a woman who poses as a male butler in a Dublin hotel in the 1860s — 30 years ago on Broadway in a stage adaptation of George Moore’s short story “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs.” She won an Obie for her performance and this is a film project she’s been developing for a decade. She even co-wrote the screenplay and served as producer. Maybe an Oscar is next.

Roadside and Liddell also had great success seeing Javier Bardem’s performance in “Biutiful” to a nomination last year, by the way. And against all odds, at that.

I’ve taken this occasion as an opportunity/excuse to inject the film into the charts and the performance into my predicted five. I also, by the way, pulled “Moneyball” out of the Best Picture line-up in favor of “Midnight in Paris,” which I really wanted to do anyway (seeing as I only had the former pegged for the one nomination). I also figured I’d go with Close in those who-cares-anyway winner predictions, because it just feels better.

Okay, now I’m OFFICIALLY officially done with Oscar stuff for a while. This was really the one pick-up I was waiting on.

[Photo: Irish Central]

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  • 1 7-05-2011 at 2:47 pm

    Mr. F said...

    Although I’m a fan of Streep and want her to win a third Oscar, there is no denying that Close is far more deserving. We just have to wait and see if she delivers, and I’m sure she will.

  • 2 7-05-2011 at 3:00 pm

    Michael W. said...

    I have certainly liked several things Glenn Close has done, but have never really been a fan so I definitely have to say that I would much, much rather see Streep win a third than Close winning a first!

  • 3 7-05-2011 at 3:06 pm

    med said...

    I think the edge still goes to Streep. Close will have to give her best performance ever in film (and she is really a TV actress for the last 30 years) to knock off Streep as Thatcher…

  • 4 7-05-2011 at 3:23 pm

    Andrej said...

    I haven’t seen Green Lantern yet, though I’d consider Albert Nobbs for Makeup instead of it. That photo is as shockingly twisty as The Iron Lady’s (though I think Captain America will be the likely winner for now).

    …and since it’s a period piece, Costume Design and Art Direction are good possibilities for it as well.

  • 5 7-05-2011 at 3:42 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Definite possibility, Andrej. I moved it up the charts.

  • 6 7-05-2011 at 4:08 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Michael W and med

    Streep will be back. There’s always a next time with her. That same privilege is never extended to other high calibre actresses. Close has 5 nominations in the 80s — sure that doesn’t compete with Meryl’s 16 but no one can compete with Meryl’s 16.

    As much as I want Annette Bening to be a Best Actress winner — fuck supporting actress — she’s the better of both Swank and Portman — Glenn Close is a legend who never got her due — she’s due — if Gary Oldman is due — his boring these days — wants to play normal characters instead of the ones that made him a legend — than Close OMG — I swear this an ageism, sexism thing going on when older actresses are rooting against for the sake of a starlet who has one or two good roles and automatically deserve the Oscar more — bullshit.

  • 7 7-05-2011 at 4:10 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    ^ Ignore my post there are so many mistakes I don’t think anyone can follow.

  • 8 7-05-2011 at 5:04 pm

    Liz said...


    Glenn Close is a TV actress for the last thirty years? Huh?

  • 9 7-05-2011 at 5:13 pm

    Gustavo said...

    I’m a Meryl fan, yes, but I’d rather see Glenn winning her first statue rather than Meryl getting her third one.

  • 10 7-05-2011 at 5:52 pm

    Maxim said...

    3tfu11, I could follow your post but it’s worth ignoring for a different reason – the problem with logic like yours is that you are so occupied with considering who’s due you forget to look at individual performances. I guess according to you a younger actress should never win no matter how good performance. Everything’s a body of work award right.

    Here’s a fresh idea – how bout we wait and see the performances before we decide who we think deserves one more?

  • 11 7-05-2011 at 5:54 pm

    Beau said...

    Glenn Close had to deal with carrying Damages. Streep was given huge paychecks with mediocre films. I like both, but let’s wait for the performances before deciding who deserves what, si?

  • 12 7-05-2011 at 7:57 pm

    Eric said...

    It’s more sensible to continue pointing out that whether Streep, Close, or a young starlet wins, Streep will continue to be nominated. She may even win next year if August: Osage County is still made. So in that case, may the best woman win.

  • 13 7-05-2011 at 8:41 pm

    Chris said...

    And the Academy Award for Most Entertaining Academy Award Category goes to
    Best Actress!
    Close and Streep can both pick up the statue.

  • 14 7-05-2011 at 9:18 pm

    Sean said...

    Most non-cinephiles thing Streep and Close are the same person…shocking! lol

    This will all come down to performance and other factors like box office and other nominations, and of course other contenders.

    I put my money on the Weinstein tornado.

  • 15 7-05-2011 at 9:25 pm

    Dustin C. said...

    Best Case Scenario: they TIE. Streep wins third Oscar. Close wins first . Everyone wins. Than the Academy can focus on getting Julianne Moore and Annette Benning their overdue Oscars.

  • 16 7-05-2011 at 11:40 pm

    j said...

    Meh, Close can make do with her Sag, Globes, and Emmys. I don’t consider her overdue; she was only good enough for a Bafta nom once, and putting aside her twin throwaway comedy/musical nods that weren’t close to Oscar noms only once has a Globe nom translated into an Oscar nom. If anything, the Academy nominated her too much. The Natural? Big Chill? Streep requires major attention from other orgs to get Oscar nods and sometimes it isn’t enough – Manchurian, Hours, River Wild/Marvin’s Room to an extent.

    I think what Streep needs is to be nominated lead in a movie with at least a B average for once in her life.

  • 17 7-05-2011 at 11:46 pm

    SJG said...

    In the interests of discussing overdue Oscars for aging actresses….

    Sigourney Weaver.

    That is all.

  • 18 7-06-2011 at 1:47 am

    RichardA said...

    Iron Lady is a tough sell in these economic times. Streep will probably get a nomination but not a win.

  • 19 7-06-2011 at 5:48 am

    /3rtfu11 said...


    Too many award season darlings take home the statuette for their single performance and never do anything that matches the quality of what held the industry’s attention.

    The list of names of people not nominated or nominated multiple times gone unrewarded is criminal. As a Spielberg fan you know all too well the unfair treatment he’s received pre-Schindler’s List.

  • 20 7-06-2011 at 5:50 am

    JJ1 said...

    Sigourney is someone who I find either brilliant or awful depending on the role.

    And I can’t say that for a Meryl or a Close or a Bening or a Moore, etc..

  • 21 7-06-2011 at 6:21 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    JJ1 In the 80s whenever Meryl Streep couldn’t take a role, Sigourney Weaver was usually offered.

  • 22 7-06-2011 at 7:12 am

    RichardA said...

    Sigourney Weaver is awesome and hopefully she gets a meaty role soon. The work she did in Death and The Maiden was brilliant.

  • 23 7-06-2011 at 8:14 pm

    Patryk said...

    Glenn or Meryl. How about Tilda Swinton? Maybe we should wait until we see all the performances?

  • 24 7-06-2011 at 8:35 pm

    Jones said...

    JJ1: Have you seen Mamma Mia? I had to fast-forward that movie so much that I finished it in 20 min. Meryl might have had fun doing that, but I didn’t relish seeing her nor any of the other actors involved. And I also think she was badly miscast in “Postcards from the Edge”… and I’m not a Meryl hater at all, much on the contrary.

    However, in actuality, no actor will be able to please everybody, and that isn’t the actors’ fault.

  • 25 7-06-2011 at 8:36 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Tilda Swinton isn’t Oscar-less, nor will she become like most American actresses who don’t get enough attention and start to suck after awhile. One day she’ll have a Best Actress statuette to join Helen Hayes, Ingrid Bergman, Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, and Jessica Lange as they only women to win in both acting categories.

  • 26 7-06-2011 at 10:47 pm

    Glenn said...

    Or “Albert Nobbs” could go nowhere like every other Rodrigo Garcia film. Or maybe “The Iron Lady” will be terrible as its director would imply. Or… or…

  • 27 7-06-2011 at 11:12 pm

    tintin said...

    Early great (8) reviews for Harry potter 7 part 2!

  • 28 7-07-2011 at 2:35 am

    JCS said...

    Also, not to fan the flames of the Close/Streep civil war that will likely erupt in a few months time, but a teaser for Iron Lady has been put up at the Guardian:

  • 29 7-07-2011 at 4:51 am

    JJ1 said...

    I just think that the ratio of great-to-not-as-great performances over the decade is better for Meryl than, say, a Sigourney.

    And though I love most of her roles/characterizations … I don’t always find Sigourney consistent (and that includes Death and a Maiden, for me). That’s all. :)

  • 30 7-07-2011 at 4:51 am

    JJ1 said...


  • 31 7-07-2011 at 5:28 am

    Kokolo said...

    I see someone mentioned Sigourney here. I’ll join Sigourney Weaver ROCKS.

  • 32 7-07-2011 at 7:52 am

    Eunice said...

    This looks promising. As a Streep fan, I am rooting for my girl, but between Streep, Close, and Swinton, I think the audience wins this year because we get to see them work their stuff.

    On a slightly unrelated note, Glenn Close is rocking that suit.

  • 33 7-07-2011 at 8:38 am

    Edwin Drood said...

    All else being equal (assuming both films are at least decent and both performances good) I’d say Close is a better bet than Streep on the face of it. She’s never won despite 5 nominations (“Albert Nobbs” may be her 6th, which, if she is nominated and loses, will tie her with Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter as the most nominated actresses without a win). She has already won Tony, Emmy, SAG, Golden Globe, L.A. Critics, National Board – nearly every acting award BUT Oscar. Streep may be deserving of another but at least she already has two. Also in Close’s favor (if the film works) is the degree of her involvement with the project – in addition to acting, she’s producing and writing as well. This is clearly the strongest commitment she’s ever made to any of her film roles.

    If Close is nominated, I think Mia Wasikowska will be amongst the strongest contenders for a supporting actress nomination (as Close’s love interest).

    If both Close and Streep are nominated I fear we may see a situation like 1950 where two older actresses in the roles of their lives lose out to a younger, “fresher” actress for a less memorable performance…

  • 34 7-07-2011 at 10:10 am

    jezza said...

    @Edwin Drood I’m assuming you’re referring to if Emma Watson or Rooney Mara beats Meryl and Glenn on the night.

    It’s hard to take Glenn Close seriously considering that her Albert Nobbs alter ego seems to be a hybrid of Strictly Come Dancing bad boy Brenden Cole and Top Gear’s top loudmouth Jeremy Clarkson.

  • 35 7-07-2011 at 10:25 am

    Dillon Green said...

    I don’t think it’s a question of if these women are nominated. There’s no DOUBT in my mind that Streep and Close will both pull off nominations. But I can’t offer an unbiased opinion in this argument, because I absolutely, unabashedly adore Meryl Streep with every fiber of my movie-watching soul. Close, not so much. She’s great, but Streep just… gosh. Like I said, I’m biased.

    I genuinely am rooting for Streep now all the way up until Oscar time. You know, it would be LOVELY if the Oscars would stop settling scores with people and give Streep the oscar when she deserves it (Kate Winslet, anyone?).

    Man, I AM biased.

  • 36 7-07-2011 at 10:54 am

    Edwin Drood said...

    @Jezza – or Michelle Williams (who I think is more likely to be nominated for “Take This Waltz” than for “My Week with Marilyn”), who fits to a T the profile of a best actress winner (considered sexy, barely into her 30s, previously nominated)…

  • 37 7-07-2011 at 12:46 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    “If both Close and Streep are nominated I fear we may see a situation like 1950 where two older actresses in the roles of their lives lose out to a younger, “fresher” actress for a less memorable performance…”

    That’s my fear. The desire on their part to give it to a little girl (Elizabeth Berkley…I mean Elizabeth Olsen).

  • 38 7-07-2011 at 2:29 pm

    Ali E. said...

    Seeing that horrible The Iron Lady teaser, I’m starting to feel like Close may actually win. And I didn’t even have her in my predictions until that ridiculous teaser.

  • 39 7-16-2011 at 9:45 am

    ePastorJames said...

    I’d love to see either win. But while Streep has been a consistent presence in voters’ minds these past few years and still never won, Close is a well-respected actress working hard on a passion project for the past decade.

    More importantly, Close has been nominated FIVE times, unsuccessfully. That will register in voters’ minds: the Overdue Factor. You think they’ll actually let her become the next Deborah Kerr/Thelma Ritter? Plus, she’s got the gender-bending component as well.

    Just a hunch.

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