In case you weren’t aware, everyone was expecting Lady Gaga to take home the award for Best Actress in a Drama at last night’s Golden Globe Awards. Her role in A Star Is Born was sensationally good, no question. But the singer-songwriter lost to Glenn Close, who delivered a powerful performance and equally powerful message during her acceptance speech.
Close, who has been acting for 45 years now, won for her role in The Wife, an adaption of the 2003 bestselling novel by Meg Wolitzer. Close plays a woman who, with her own writing aspirations, has long been in the shadow of her famous novelist husband, and after nearly 40 years of marriage, looks back on the sacrifices she made for the partnership with disappointment. The character hit close to home for the 71-year-old actress.
After accepting the award, she recounted how her own mother had sacrificed her dreams while encouraging other mothers and wives to make their own dreams a priority.
“I’m thinking of my mom who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life and in her 80s she said to me, ‘I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything.’ And it was so not right, and I feel what I’ve learned through this whole experience is that women, we’re nurturers. That’s what’s 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 can do that and I should be allowed to do that,'” she said before receiving a standing ovation.
Backstage, Close continued, urging women to speak up about their ambitions: “You have to be brave and articulate what your dreams are… It’s not too late to follow your dream.”