Meryl Streep poll results: 1980s was the best decade of her career … so far

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Meryl Streep has had a long and illustrious film career: 19 Oscar nominations, three wins and no signs of slowing down. The classically trained actress made her film debut in a small but pivotal role in the 1977 biopic "Julia." Almost 40 years on, we asked our forum posters and readers to identify the best decade of her career so far. The results: Streep's golden age was deemed to be the 1980s. Do you agree? You can keep voting in our poll below.

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As of this writing, 55% of respondents say Streep was best in the '80s, and the motion picture academy would seem to agree judging from her history of nominations and wins. Not only did she win Best Actress for arguably her most iconic performance — in "Sophie's Choice" (1982) — she also received more total Oscar bids than in any other 10-year period of her career. Besides "Sophie's Choice," she was nominated for Best Actress five more times: "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1981), "Silkwood" (1983), "Out of Africa" (1985), "Ironweed" (1987) and "A Cry in the Dark" (1988).

But there's no reason to believe her best years are behind her. The 2000s came in second with almost 29% of the vote. The dawn of the 21st century brought her four Oscar noms: supporting in "Adaptation" (2002), lead in "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006), "Doubt" (2008) and "Julie & Julia" (2009). She also won an Emmy for her starring role in "Angels in America" in 2004.

And even though the 2010s are only half over, almost 10% of readers already consider this to be her best period; in the last five years she picked up her third Oscar for "The Iron Lady" and additional bids for "August: Osage County" (lead, 2013) and "Into the Woods" (supporting, 2014)

Streep has a chance at her 20th nomination this year for "Ricki and the Flash." Use our drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post to let us know if you think she'll reach that milestone, and keep voting in our poll to let us know when you think Streep was at the top of her game.

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Photo: Meryl Streep in "Sophie's Choice." Credit: ITV/REX

One thought on “Meryl Streep poll results: 1980s was the best decade of her career … so far

  1. Arguably Meryl dominated in the Best Actress category during the entire 80’s. Many of those performance are heralded and justly so. Yet I have to argue and proclaim that in the 2010 arena of her career, she has truly diversified and grown more chameleon like in her characterizations ..i.e. August Osage County (that performance will be remembered for years to come and appreciated as time moves on in the same vein of Long day’s Journey into Night. Classic Meryl. Musical and fun Meryl in Into The Woods and of course her impeccable turn if flawed script, The Iron Lady, Meryl captured the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that no actor could have ever achieved!

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