When Close recovered from her surprise to make it to the stage, she gave an empowering and personal speech, imploring women to follow their dreams. Close called on women to demand "personal fulfilment" and prioritise themselves.
I'm thinking of my mom who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life and in her 80s she said to me, 'I feel like I haven't accomplished anything.' And it was so not right, and I feel what I've learned through this whole experience is that women, we're nurturers.
That's what's expected of us. We have our children, we have our husbands, if we're lucky enough, and our partners, whoever.
But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, 'I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.'
"We have to follow our dreams. We have to say I can do that and I should be allowed to do that." — Glenn Close… https://t.co/RpW3w7jP4s
Close earned a standing ovation for her speech, in which she said that she will mark her 45 years of being a working actress this year - a remarkable achievement in an industry known for ignoring older actresses.
Twitter users were equally enthusiastic about the speech.
Glenn Close: "Women, we're nurturers, that's what's expected of us. We have kids and partners. But we have to find… https://t.co/eo6qDwRqxX