This December the inimitable Glenn Close will play the role of Albert Nobbs, a woman who works as a male butler in 19th century Dublin’s most posh hotel with the hopes opening up her own tobacco shop and creating a better life. The only problem: Nobbs falls in love with a woman who happens to be dating a hunky transphobic dude.
After viewing the trailer and hearing Sinead O’Connors’ accompanying song, the two ladies might wanna start preparing their Oscar acceptance speeches for Best Original Song and Best Actress. Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time a trans character won an Oscar.
In 2000, Hilary Swank snagged a Best Actress Oscar for her role as transman Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry. And while Albert Nobbs may not be a transgender man in the Brandon Teena mold, he’s at least transexual.
Close apparently co-produced and co-wrote the movie adaptation of the play Albert Nobbs as well, so perhaps she had better prepare space for a Best Adapted Screen too.