Glenn Close's Hillbilly Elegy role has seen the actress nominated for an Oscar - and a Razzie

Glenn Close has received diverse reactions to her role in Hillbilly Elegy

Glenn Close
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A week ago, Glenn Close received a Razzie nomination for her role in Hillbilly Elegy. In a bizarre twist, it has just been announced that she has also been nominated for an Oscar for the same performance. 

Glenn Close has just been nominated for her eighth Academy Award after missing out on the last seven Oscar nominations. The actress has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Hillbilly Elegy. Other actresses nominated for the prestigious award are, Youn Yuh-Jung for Minari, Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Olivia Colman for The Father, and Amanda Seyfried for Mank.

The actress was also nominated for the less prestigious award, The Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress, for the same role. Colloquially called the Razzies, the 41st annual Golden Raspberry Awards celebrate the worst that Hollywood has to offer. Other nominations in that category are Lucy Hale for Fantasy Island, Maggie Q for Fantasy Island, Kristen Wiig for Wonder Woman 1984, and Maddie Ziegler for Music. 

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In Hillbilly Elegy, Glenn plays Bonnie ‘Mamaw’ Vance, the mother to Amy Adam’s character Beverly "Bev" and the grandmother to the focal character J. D. 

Netflix, the producers of the film summarise the plot on their site, “An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.” The film is directed by Ron Howard and is based on J.D. Vance's bestselling memoir.

Glenn Close is now an eight-time Academy Award nominee. She has been nominated for Best Actress four times for her roles in The Wife, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liasons, and Fatal Attraction. 

She has been nominated four times for Best Supporting Actress in The Big Chill, The Natural, The World According to Garp, and now, Hillbilly Elegy. 

Glenn has reflected on her multiple nominations for the Academy Awards and told Vanity Fair in 2019 that she has "zero expectations just for my own mental health." 

She went on to reveal that for her, the real achievement is the performance, not the awards. "I don't know if this [attitude] is for my emotional survival, or it just might be who I am, but when I've done a job and played a character that I've felt was to the very best of my ability, and I got deep into the character and lost in that character, that is the most important thing," Close said at the time. "When that character has resonance and connection with people … that, for me, is the award."