By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 26, 2011 at 5:39AM
On the road to a would-be Oscar nomination, Glenn Close will accept her Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 7. Fest chairman Harold Matzner says Close "has the gift of mesmerizing an audience whenever she performs," and says of her performance in the upcoming Albert Nobbs (here's our interview and details): "She revives a previous stage role and brings it to gritty life in yet another bravura performance.”
Past winners include Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman. More on Close's long career below:
Close made her feature film debut in George Roy Hill’s The World According to Garp. Her performance earned her awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review as well as her first Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for her performances in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill, Barry Levinson’s The Natural, Adrian Lyne’s smash Fatal Attraction and Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons, for which she was also a BAFTA Award nominee. She recently received the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Her other films include Richard Marquand’s Jagged Edge, Barbet Schroeder’s Reversal of Fortune, Franco Zeffirelli’s Hamlet, István Szabó’s Meeting Venus, Ron Howard’s The Paper, Stephen Herek’s 101 Dalmatians, Kevin Lima’s 102 Dalmatians, Wolfgang Petersen’s Air Force One, Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune, Rose Troche’s The Safety of Objects, Merchant Ivory’s Le Divorce, Chris Terrio’s Heights, Rodrigo García’s Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her and Nine Lives, and Lajos Koltai’s Evening.
On television, Close headlines the critically acclaimed legal thriller “Damages” for the fifth season, now on DirecTV, portraying high-stakes litigator Patty Hewes, earning a 2010 Emmy Award nomination and two consecutive Emmys as Best Actress in a Drama Series for the first two seasons. For the show’s 2009 premiere season, she won a Golden Globe Award in addition to the Emmy and received a SAG nomination. Prior to “Damages,” Close won rave reviews and an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Captain Monica Rawling in a season-long story arc on FX’s “The Shield.”