Oscars shocker: Glenn Close makes history with her eighth Oscar loss

She was nominated for her role in Hillbilly Elegy

Glenn Close
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We were holding out hope for Glenn Close. The iconic actress has been an industry mainstay for decades and has entertained audiences with countless memorable roles. Yet surprisingly, the one thing she does not have is an Oscar. 

According to the LA Times, many accolades for Glenn come in threes: She is the recipient of three Golden Globe Awards, three Tonys, and three Emmys. After eight Oscars nominations, however, she is still awaiting on the coveted accolade. 

She was nominated for best supporting actress for Hillbilly Elegy in 2021, and many suspected it would be her time to shine. Youn Yuh-Jung of Minari ultimately received the award but did not shy away from acknowledging Glenn's brilliance—in addition to Brad Pitt's handsomeness—in her acceptance speech. 

"I don't believe in competition," she said. "How could I win over Glenn Close? I've been watching so many of her performances."

In true Glenn fashion, she was caught on camera giving Youn a well-deserved round of applause, and our hearts swooned. 

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Despite Glenn's loss, it has been a memorable evening for wins. The mastermind behind Nomanland, Chloé Zhao, is the second woman in Oscars history to take home the award for best director. Her accomplishment marks the first time that a woman of color has been given this honor. 

"This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that. And this is for you, you inspire me to keep going," she said upon receiving her award. 

Additionally, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson were also responsible for historic wins: the two were the first black women to take home the award for the best makeup and hairstyling for their work in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

"I can picture Black trans women standing up here. And Asian sisters. And our Latina sisters. And indigenous women," Mia continued. "And I know that one day it won't be unusual or groundbreaking. It will just be normal."

Although Glenn might be tied with the late Peter O’Toole for most acting Oscar nominations without a win, we are confident her time will come. We also know she's probably glad to see the glass ceiling starting to crack with this year's important wins.

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.