Actresses who transform their characters into men on film typically attract the attention of the Academy, be it with a nomination (Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There) or a win (Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry, Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously, Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love). So while it may be hard to recognize Glenn Close in the Albert Nobbs trailer, it’s easy to see how her performance could be major Oscar bait.
In the film, Close plays a woman who disguises herself as a waiter, going by the name of Albert Nobbs, in 19th century Ireland. Hoping to break free from a society and a time in which women weren’t encouraged to be independent, Albert looks to open a shop with a woman named Helen (Mia Wasikowska) by her side. Watch the full clip below and try to figure out which moment will make it to the Oscar reel: