The role for which Glenn Close has earned a Best Actress nomination this year is about as unglamorous as they come. To inhabit Albert Nobbs—an Englishwoman posing as a man in 19th-century Ireland—Close stripped away any trace of the elegant, blond-tressed woman who's graced the Oscars for nearly three decades. But if Close wants to finally land her long-overdue Academy Award, we suggest she turn up the glamour this year to maximum drama.
Taken from the most dramatic bridal runway of the Fall 2012 season, Vera Wang's nude-and-black lace ball gown falls neatly into the actress' strapless-silhouette comfort zone, while offering an evolution to her standard red carpet style. We often see Close in solidly dark gowns, but a punch of detail, like lace appliqués mingled beneath layers of tulle, would boost her look from understated to undervalued.
Because that's what Close has proved herself to be ever since her stunningly costumed, fiercely acted performance in Dangerous Liaisons—defining a range that her performance in Albert Nobbs only punctuates.
See more of our runway-to-the-red-carpet gown picks for this year's nominated actresses.
—Phillip B. Crook