According to Glenn Close, the Academy missed the mark when it awarded Gwyneth Paltrow a best actress win in 1999 for “Shakespeare In Love.”
During an interview with ABC News’ “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” the “Hillbilly Elegy” star, 73, praised actress Fernanda Montenegro, whose powerful performance in “Central Station” Close feels triumphed Paltrow’s.
“I honestly feel that to be nominated by your peers is about as good as it gets. And then, I’ve never understood how you could honestly compare performances, you know?” Close said. “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.”
“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,” she continued. “Publicity, how much money did they have to put it out in front of everybody’s sight. I have to be philosophical about it, if I was upset about it.”
Other Best Actress nominees that year included Meryl Streep for “One True Thing,” Cate Blanchett for “Elizabeth” and Emily Watson for “Hilary and Jackie.”