BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The Academy Award for Best Actress might be held in a Bedford resident's hand once the envelope is presented. Bedford's own Rooney Mara and Glenn Close are up for the award, which will be given to a member of the five-woman field.
Mara, who was a graduate of Fox Lane High School in 2003, starred in the 2011 book-turned-movie "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," in which she played computer hacker Lisbeth Salander. Glenn Close, a long-time resident of Bedford, starred as the main character in "Albert Nobbs," an Irish hotel waitress who attempts to pass as a man.
Both actresses represent the area well, said Bedford Supervisor Lee V.A. Roberts. While she has never been acquainted with Mara, Roberts has met Close before, who left a good impression.
"I have met Glenn Close, she was active in a prison college program I was involved in as well," Roberts said. "Shes so giving, and generous with her time and talent. Shes fantastic."
Even if Mara does not bring home the Oscar, the Mara family would still have a winter to remember. Mara is the granddaughter of New York Giants Vice President of Player Evaluation Tim Mara, whose team experienced their second Super Bowl victory in four seasons earlier this month.
Mara and Close are up against the stalwart Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady," Viola Davis in "The Help," and Michelle Williams from "My Week With Marilyn." Supervisor Roberts hopes that having two residents in the running will result in a local bringing the award home.
"We will be happy if either one wins, Roberts said.
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