- The Academy Awards air on February 24th
- Glenn Close is heavily favored to win an Oscar for Best Actress
- Close is up against first-time nominees Lady Gaga and Yalitza Aparicio
With the Grammy Awards now behind us, this year’s awards season is closing in on the biggest and most beloved awards telecast of all: The Academy Awards.
Of all categories, this year’s Best Actress race seems to be one of the more intriguing ones. And, of the five nominees, it seems more than likely that Hollywood legend Glenn Close will take home the prize for her role in The Wife.
Close’s name has become synonymous with Best Actress over the past several weeks, and her chances have felt even more obvious since the star took home a Golden Globe last month.
Odds to Win Best Actress at the 2019 Academy Awards
|Who Will Win Best Actress at the 2019 Academy Awards?||Odds 1||Odds 2|
|Glenn Close (The Wife)||-500||-600|
|Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
|Lady Gaga (A Star is Born)||+800||+700|
|Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
|Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)
Close Has Overtaken Lady Gaga
Close’s lead in the Best Actress category wasn’t always a sure thing. Her 2019 Academy Awards odds have shifted significantly in this category, as Lady Gaga had a strong lead earlier in the season for her performance in A Star is Born.
Close has scored a Golden Globe, Satellite Award, SAG Award, and Critics’ Choice Award for her role in The Wife.
But Glenn Close has really been cleaning up for her performance in The Wife, helping indicate a win at the Oscars, too. Golden Globe aside, she also scored a Satellite Award, SAG Award, and tied with Lady Gaga for a Critics’ Choice Award.
Also consider that Close’s performance in The Wife was beloved by fans and critics alike.
Rotten Tomatoes consensus for the film reads, “The Wife relies on the strength of Glenn Close’s performance to drive home the power of its story – and she proves thoroughly, grippingly up to the task.”
Close’s rivals in this category are newer to the screen, too. They will have plenty of chances in the future to win Oscar gold.
Close is Overdue
Looking at Oscar history, Close came “close” to an Oscar win in 1982, when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The World According to Garp.
Despite seven nominations over four decades, the Academy has failed to reward Close’s acting chops.
But despite seven nominations over four decades, the Academy has failed to reward Close’s acting chops, even for iconic nominations in beloved films such as The Big Chill and Fatal Attraction.
We’ve seen young stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone clean up in recent years. But this year, it’s Close’s time to win.
Pick: Glenn Close (-500)