Glenn Close will not attend 95th Academy Awards After testing positive for COVID-19, CBS News confirmed.
The veteran performer, 75, was due to join a packed roster of celebrities who will announce the awards at Sunday night’s ceremony. Celebrities who have presented awards at the Oscars include Riz Ahmed, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael B. Jordan, Troy Kotsur, Melissa McCarthy, Janelle Monae and more. Harrison Ford, who starred opposite Close in the 1997 action thriller “Air Force One,” which itself earned Academy Award nominations for sound and film editing, is also presenting on the show.
Close’s publicist, Catherine Olim, confirmed that the actor has contracted COVID-19 and will no longer be able to attend Sunday’s Oscar ceremony.
“He was very much looking forward to participating in the show,” Olim said in a statement. The publicist did not share details about the extent of Klose’s symptoms. The Academy did not comment on reports of his illness, nor did the voting body provide information on who would replace him on stage Sunday evening.
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According to Deadline, Close’s intention was to announce the winner of this year’s Oscar for Best Picture. The 2023 nominated Categories include: “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “The Banshees of Inishreen,” “Elvis,” “Everything Everything All at Exe,” “The Fablemans,” “Tar,” “Top Songs: Maverick,” “Triangle of Sadness” and “Woman Talking.”
An eight-time Academy Award nominee, Close has earned critical acclaim during her decade-long career in film, television and Broadway. In addition to receiving Oscar nods for his roles in films such as “The Big Chill,” “Fatal Attraction” and, most recently, “Hillbilly Elegy,” Close has won multiple Emmy, Tony and Screen Actors Guild awards.
In 2019 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.