The first taste of Albert Nobbs, or the great hunt to netting Glenn Close a long overdue Academy Award, as it might have been called to begin with. The relationship with the story and the actress is decades long, as she starred in the original play, and has championed for a movie ever since...she is even a co-author of the screenplay (all of which reads, as long labor of love for a great veteran actress, which might even be enough for the Academy.) Even despite a mixed reception at the fall film festival circuit, she's freaking Glenn Close, and a playing a man in a period drama at that; gimmicks work more often than not. It's hard to remember now, but she was once an Academy stalwart, earning five nominations in the 1980s, including one for her very first feature, The World According to Garp. Roadside Attractions picked up the film, and had a healthy awards season last year with hard sells like Winter's Bone and Buitiful, and the film is directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Nine Lives, Mother & Child.) But it almost matters little at this point the quality of the actual film, nor the reception the film gets, isn't the great media hook of Close going head to head with Meryl Streep's Margaret Thatcher The Iron Lady enough to merit attention... All the films lacks at the present time, is a release date.