2011 December 14

Close Encounters

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(NEW YORK) Leave it to Glenn Close to create a frenzy on Fifth Avenue. The five-time Academy Award nominee hit up MoMA last night with her co-star Mia Wasikowska for the Cinema Society and Giorgio Armani screening of their latest Oscar-hyped flick, Albert Nobbs, in which Close portrays a woman masquerading as a man to survive 19th century Ireland. 

"I saw Glenn in increments," explained director Rodrigo Garcia on the red carpet. "We’d try out different noses, ears, and wigs. When it was finally complete and she was in costume, it was like she was this odd little man standing next to me on set." Courtney Love knows a thing or two about manning up. "I’ve gone butch for a week or two. Done the leather pants, don’t-take-it-off, Jim Morrison filthy thing," shared Love. The result? "It doesn’t work well for me because I’m a bit of a fancy lady even though I’m grungy." For other guests, the prospect of switching genders on-screen is high on the career trajectory to-do list. "I’m waiting for someone to ask me to play a man. I want to do it so bad! I’d shave my head in a second," confessed Zoe Kravitz at the Armani Ristorante after party where a mob of photogs and champagne-swilling luminaries packed in for a night of revelry. "I'm here to support my friend Mia [Wasikowska]. I've never met Glenn Close before, but one time I saw her dressed up in a sumo suit on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This movie definitely tops that," Kravitz said.

As the night wore on, famous faces like Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Elizabeth Olsen, Debbie Harry, Taraji P. Henson, Lauren Bacall, Angela Bassett, Daniel Radcliffe, John Leguizamo, Bruce Weber, Tony Danza, and Alan Alda settled into the low-lying tables bordering the upstairs resto to sip Grey Goose cocktails and chow down on a lavish din-din. When the clock neared 11, Close stepped onto the podium to introduce the surprise performer of the night. "I'm so pleased to announce....Excuse me! I don’t want this thing where half the room is talking and half the room isn’t," Close said.

The crowd quieted to a hush as Sinéad O’Connor (barefoot, of course) took to the stage with an "okie dokie" before serenading the room with "Lay Your Head Down," an original film score composed by Brian Byrne and Close over Skype. "I’ve never really done the fashion thing before, but it’s kind of fantastic. This dress is clever because it hides a multitude of sins," said O'Connor. "I’m 45 years old so I get the 'bacon strips' on my back, and this dress hides them. It’s genius. We’re all being spoiled rotten by Armani tonight!" 

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