Gwyneth Paltrow’s 1999 Oscar win ‘didn’t make sense’ to Glenn Close


Glenn Close and Gwyneth Paltrow winning best actress Oscar for Shakespeare in Love in 1999.

Glenn Close opened up about her feelings on awards ceremonies (Picture: Getty)

Glenn Close has admitted Gwyneth Paltrow’s 1999 Oscar win for Shakespeare in Love ‘didn’t make sense’ to her.

The Fatal Attraction star, who’s been nominated for seven Academy Awards across her career, opened up on her feelings about awards shows, explaining she was surprised at Gwyneth’s best actress win.

‘I honestly feel that to be nominated by your peers is about as good as it gets,’ she said. ‘And then, I’ve never understood how you could honestly compare performances, you know?

‘I remember the year Gwyneth Paltrow won over that incredible actress who was in Central Station and I thought, “What?” It doesn’t make sense.’

She added to  ABC News’ Popcorn: ‘So I think who wins has a lot of things to do with how things have been, you know, whether it has traction or whatever. Publicity, how much money did they have to put it out in front of everybody’s sight. I have to be philosophical about it.’

The 73-year-old went on to say she’s ‘very proud’ of the times she’s been nominated.

Gwyneth Paltrow wins best actress Oscar for Shakespeare in Love in 1999.

Gwyneth won for Shakespeare in Love in 1999 (Picture: Getty Images)

At the 1999 Oscars, Gwyneth was up against fellow actresses Fernanda Montenegro (Central Station), Meryl Streep (One True Thing), Hilary Watson (Hilary and Jackie) and Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth).

Glenn was last nominated for best actress in 2019 for The Wife, with Olivia Colman winning for The Favourite.

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More recently, she’s turned her hand to her new movie Hillbilly Elegy alongside Amy Adams.

The Hollywood stars play working-class mothers struggling to cope in the Netflix flick based on the best-selling memoir written by JD Vance in 2016.

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The story is told from the perspective of the Yale Law student, who is on the verge of landing his dream job when a family crisis forces him to return to the home he has tried to forget.

It shows his volatile relationship with his addict mother Bev, played by Adams, and his memories of his grandmother Mamaw (Close).

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