In Glenn Close’s passion project, Albert Nobbs, the 64-year-old five-time Oscar nominee transforms from an Englishwoman to a male waiter at a hotel, when her title character tries to escape the social injustices of 19th-century Ireland. Close first played Nobbs in New York’s 1982 stage production, based on 19th century Irish writer George Moore’s short story, The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs. The actress then spent 15 years trying to turn it into a film. Though it almost went into production in the early 2000s, with director Istvan Szabo attached, the financing fell apart. Now, Albert Nobbs is finally making its big-screen debut with Close co-producing and co-writing the Rodrigo Garcia-helmed project. “The buzz on Nobbs has always been regarding Close's chances at landing a sixth Academy Award nomination and finally winning that coveted Oscar… the idea the legendary Close doesn't have a statue already is an embarrassment to the Academy,” HitFix.com reviewed. The actress told The Daily Beast that she does have hope. “I’ve never done anything thinking at the end of the line it would give me an award, because I think that’s deadly,” she said. “What would be rewarding about this is it’s the most invested that I’ve ever been, and to be recognized would be amazing.”
Albert Nobbs premieres on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Roy Thomson Hall at 9:30 pm.