Glenn Close Wins SAG Award for 'The Wife,' Emphasizes the Power of Film

"One of the most powerful things we have as human beings are two eyes looking into two eyes, and film is the art form that allows us to explore that," Close said on stage.

Glenn Close received the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a film for her role in The Wife.

"Oh my gosh, I am so proud to be in this union," Close said. She thanked her fellow nominees and added, "I think of all the fellow actors sitting in the room who haven't had the chances we've had and I salute you with this."

She went on to say, "One of the most powerful things we have as human beings are two eyes looking into two eyes, and film is the art form that allows us to explore that."

Finally, Close thanked the "incredible" crew and cast. "To the beautiful Jonathan Pryce, a magnificent collaborator."

In the press room backstage, Close opened up about the project. "I'm still kind of astounded by it; I chose it kind of subjectively because I had never played a character like this before. I think the more specific and powerful you could make the relationship, the more people would be moved by it. I have to say, I still put myself back to where we premiered at TIFF and — I’ve done a lot of independent films — [but] you just hope you have an audience. I’ve never been in a screening where every single nuance registered with the audience and I was just gobsmacked by that. I thought, ‘Wow, I had no idea that this particular story would have this kind of resonance.’"

She went on to say, "When we made this movie the #MeToo movement didn’t even exist...and for women like my mom, as I mentioned at the Golden Globes, feminism was not in her sensibility."

Lastly, Close added, "The more I think about it — I’m wearing my grandmother’s wedding ring because I found out after she died that the one thing she wanted to be was an actress and she never would’ve been allowed to do that, she was not allowed to do that, so I feel like I’m fulfilling her dream."

The actress beat out fellow nominees Emily Blunt for Mary Poppins ReturnsOlivia Colman for The Favourite, Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Forgive Me?.

The 2019 SAG Awards, simulcast live on TNT and TBS, took place Jan. 27 at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. Megan Mullally served as the show's second-ever host, following in the footsteps of Kristen Bell last year.