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Tokyo International Film Festival Honors Glenn Close with Best Actress for Albert Nobbs

Photo of Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 31, 2011 at 4:42AM

Adding another nod in the direction of a best actress Oscar nomination, Glenn Close won best actress at the recently wrapped Tokyo International Film Festival for her gender-bending role in Rodrigo Garcia's period drama Albert Nobbs.
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Adding another nod in the direction of a best actress Oscar nomination, Glenn Close won best actress at the recently wrapped Tokyo International Film Festival for her gender-bending role in Rodrigo Garcia's period drama Albert Nobbs.

Thompson on Hollywood

The five-time nominated Close, who wrote, starred, and produced Albert Nobbs, has been intertwined with the story of Albert Nobbs for the past 30 years. In the 1980s, Close starred in a play based on the story of the cross-dressing Englishwoman in 19th-century Dublin, where the movie was filmed. Both the Toronto Film Festival and Telluride chose Albert Nobbs as one of their official selections. (More details are in our Close interview; trailer posted below.)

Other films honored at the Tokyo festival include Play (Sweden, Denmark, France), A Better Life (France), and Detachment (US).

This article is related to: Awards, Box Office, Festivals, Genres, Video, Stuck In Love, Festivals, Career Watch, Oscars, Period, Trailers, Screenwriters


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Thompson on Hollywood

Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.