Meryl Streep loses at Oscars for record 15th time

The Oscars have been a whirlwind for Meryl Streep over the past 35 years. With 18 career nominations and three previous acting wins under her belt, Streep is a member of that exclusive three-timers club of which there are only two other living members: Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson.

However, there’s a unique downside that few ever consider: 

With her loss for “August: Osage County” Sunday night to Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine“), Streep now has 15 Oscar failures on her hands, extending her record as the biggest loser of all time amongst performers.

Hmm, the moniker of Oscar’s Biggest Loser doesn’t sound quite as glamorous, does it?

For non-performers, the industry vet with the most losses on his hands is composer John Williams. Thanks to his loss tonight for scoring “The Book Thief,” Williams now has 44 Oscar failures to go along with his five victories.

Streep’s losses straddle four decades, including 13 as Best Actress and two as Best Supporting Actress. Her first loss for “The Deer Hunter” (1978) happened 35 years ago, setting the stage for a remarkable Oscar trajectory full of a few ups and many, many downs.

Her three Oscar victories were for Best Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), Best Actress for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and Best Actress for “The Iron Lady” (2011).

Below, the complete list of Streep’s 15 Oscar losses:

Best Actress Losses
“The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981)
“Silkwood” (1983)
“Out of Africa” (1985)
“Ironweed” (1987)
“A Cry in the Dark” (1988)
“Postcards from the Edge” (1990)
“The Bridges of Madison County” (1995)
“One True Thing” (1998)
“Music of the Heart” (1999)
“The Devil Wears Prada” (2006)
“Doubt” (2008)
“Julie & Julia” (2009)
August: Osage County” (2013)

Best Supporting Actress Losses
“The Deer Hunter” (1978)
“Adaptation” (2002)

10 thoughts on “Meryl Streep loses at Oscars for record 15th time

  1. Well this person is obviously a “cup half empty” kind of person. So sad that people have to be so negative …isn’t there enough negativity in this world?! Meryl Streep is AMAZING! 3 Oscars AND the ONLY woman to do so in the history of the Oscars! I think we should be focusing on the positive of such an amazing career & how she is pioneering the way for female actors, especially over 60! She is also a very humble & “down to Earth” person. She doesn’t try to be fake like a lot of “Stars” & non-celebrity people. She gives it everything she’s got every time-ask anyone who has been in a movie with her-it’s no wonder she has been nominated 18 times! This article is ridiculous…

  2. Yeah, this article is kind of gross in its negativity and cynicism. Honestly, I’ve never read Gold Derby *after* the Oscars, and I’m kind of sorry I came here. What a bitchy snarkfest.

  3. I don’t see it as a loss. She is a clear winner in my eyes. To have that many nominations mean that she is one of the most talented of actresses to grace the screen in the history of film making. Love you Meryl and may you have many more years of successful career!

  4. Geez Meryl is the only person to be nominated that many times. Even if
    She did not get an oscar she is AMAZING. This arrival is a load of bull shit

  5. What a load of crap! That all this writer can focus on. Meryl Streep is talented. She’s earned all 18 nominations. Three wins is impressive. Focus on her talent and not how many awards she has.

  6. ‘Losing’ at the on oscars is something only idiot journos come up with.

    Writing illogical provocative garbage to try and generate ‘controversy’ is what you do when you know you can’t write well: the REAL sign of a loser.

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