Meryl Streep loses at Oscars for record 16th time

The Oscars have been a whirlwind for Meryl Streep over the past four decades. With 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 Best Supporting Actress loss for “Into the Woods” Sunday to Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood“), Streep has now racked up a staggering 16 defeats, 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?

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

Streep’s losses include 13 as Best Actress and three as Best Supporting Actress. Her first loss for “The Deer Hunter” (1978) happened 36 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 Irony Lady” (2011).

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Below, the complete list of Streep’s 16 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)
Into the Woods” (2014)

3 thoughts on “Meryl Streep loses at Oscars for record 16th time

  1. She has lost more times than anyone else has even been nominated — and probably ever will be. I’m still hoping she makes it to 4 or even 5. I’d be good with that.

    As long as Viola Davis gets one — as a lead.

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