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Meryl Streep Vs. Glenn Close

There are five contenders for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Actress, but only two that could ever be mistaken for one another: Glenn Close and Meryl Streep. And while the roles that they play -- Close for a woman disguised as a man in "Albert Nobbs" and Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady" -- are as different as servants and their masters, the two actresses have much in common.

The last time they went head to head was in 1989, with Streep for the baby-killing drama "A Cry in the Dark" and Close for her delicious role as Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil in "Dangerous Liaisons." (Neither won. That honor went to Jodie Foster for "The Accused.")

A similar face-off had occurred just the year before, when Close and Streep were nominated for "Fatal Attraction" and "Ironweed," respectively; but the Oscar went to Cher, for "Moonstruck."

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