Glenn Close empowered women Sunday night (Jan. 6) during her speech at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
In a shocking win, Glenn accepted the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, beating out actresses Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Rosamund Pike and heavily favored, Lady Gaga.
Glenn portrayed Joan Castleman in “The Wife,” written by Jane Anderson, based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer. Joan married writer/professor Joseph Castleman, after their affair broke up his marriage. Joseph attempts to write a novel, which Joan, working at a publishing house, criticizes and rewrites for him. The book becomes a bestseller and Joan continues to write for Joseph under his name, allowing him all the accolades and praise, while she maintains their home as the bored housewife.
When Glenn’s name was read aloud from the stage, the look of shock on her face said it all.
“To play a character is so internal,” Glenn said. “I’m thinking of my mom who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life. And in her eighties she said to me, ‘I feel I haven’t accomplished anything.’ And it was so not right. I feel what I’ve learned through this whole experience is that, you know women—we’re nurturers that’s what expected of us. We have our children, we have our husbands if we’re lucky enough, and our partners whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say I could do that and I should be allowed to do that.
The audience erupted in applause, leading to a standing ovation for the 71-year-old actress.
“When I was little I felt like Muhammed Ali, who was destined to be a boxer,” she continued. “I felt destined to be an actress. I saw the early Disney films and Hayley Mills and I said, ‘Oh I can do that.’ And here I am today. It will have been 45 years in September that I am a working actress and I cannot imagine a more wonderful life.”