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When Glenn Close's name was read off the list of best actress nominees during the Oscar nominations announcement Tuesday morning, it came as no surprise. Her exceptional performance as the elegant, emotionally complex wife of a renowned writer in The Wife has made her a widely considered front runner for months. Close is one of those actresses who effortlessly disappears into any role — and she's been rewarded for it. Over the years, Close has racked up seven Oscar nominations (including this year's). But it might surprise you to learn that the actress has never actually won a single Oscar; in fact, she has the most nominations without a win of any living actor.
Close's first Oscar nomination came in 1982, when she was nominated for best supporting actor for the Robin Williams dramedy The World According to Garp. That year, she lost to Jessica Lange from Tootsie. Close's 1982 nomination was the start of a nomination streak: she was nominated three years in a row for best supporting actress! In 1983, she received a nod for The Big Chill but lost to The Year of Living Dangerously's Linda Hunt, followed by a nomination in 1984 for the sports drama The Natural, when she lost to Peggy Ashcroft for A Passage to India.
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After a few years without Oscar-nominated roles, Close returned to the ceremony in 1987, and with an upgrade: now she was nominated in the best actress category! She received back-to-back nominations in 1987 and 1988 for two of her most famous roles. In 1987, she was nominated for Fatal Attraction, and in 1988, it was the historical drama Dangerous Liaisons that sent her to the Oscars. But once again, she lost both years: to Cher in 1987 and to Jodie Foster in 1988.
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