Albert Nobbs

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            Every year my extended family and I have a nationwide Academy Awards Pick 'em. We sit through the ceremony, dutifully checking off actual winners versus our predictions, and then we honor the most accurate prognosticator with congratulatory e-mails.
If you haven't seen "Albert Nobbs" yet, Glenn Close's performance is the reason to do so.  She's haunting, with the terror and yearning you can see in her eyes, those windows to the poor soul hidden beneath her carefully-controlled mask of a face.  Close's remarkable achievement in portraying a woman passing as a man in "Albert Nobbs" is absolutely worthy of the Best Actress accolades she'll receive at AARP's 11th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards this week.  Even in a strong year for performances by lead film actresses -- Viola Davis and Meryl Streep among them -- her characterization stands out as destined to be remembered.
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