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Glenn Close Rocks Golden Globes as She Accepts Her First Major Film Award

“[Women] have to find personal fulfillment—we have to follow our dreams,” longtime awards-season bridesmaid Close said in a passionate speech that earned her a standing ovation. “We have to say, ‘I can do that. And I should be allowed to do that.’”

In an upset Sunday night, Glenn Close won the Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture, drama—beating out heavy hitters Lady Gaga, Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, and Rosamund Pike. Close was clearly surprised as she heard her name called for the win, and as the venerated actress made her way to the stage, Lady Gaga took her by both arms in a show of admiration. Close was already tearful as she thanked the award’s presenter, Gary Oldman—but her speech landed with passion and power, earning her a standing ovation partway through.

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