Meryl Streep is an Oscar contender for “Florence Foster Jenkins” — of course she is. She’s the most nominated actor in history with 19 bids, and of those she has won three, most recently Best Actress for “The Iron Lady” (2011). She’s widely regarded as the greatest living screen actress, perhaps even the greatest screen actress in history. As our forum poster Sasha puts it, “Never bet against Streep. They will nominate her for anything. She just needs a slight campaign and she’s in.”
Streep looks stronger than ever for a Best Actress nomination for “Florence” after the surprisingly strong showings for the film in the Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations. She and co-star Hugh Grant are nominated at both events, and at the Globes the film is also up for Best Film Comedy/Musical and Best Film Supporting Actor for Simon Helberg. As a result, Streep has been climbing in our Oscar racetrack odds for Best Actress, but she hasn’t yet cracked the top five, perhaps because it’s hard to know whom to exclude in this year’s crowded contest.
What do the rest of our posters think of Streep’s chances now? Read some of their comments below and join the Best Actress discussion underway in our forums.
ziggy: “Streep is in fine form in ‘FFJ.’ People are writing her off because with her, tour de force performances are business as usual. If an actress who has been less lucky in her advanced age gave an equally powerful performance in an equally good film, she would be a shoo-in for at least a nod.”
Bee: “I rewatched ‘FFJ’ and you can’t tell me Meryl isn’t getting those votes. Her scene with Helberg in his kitchen, her and Grant in the Carnegie Hall seats and her telling him she would rather die happy, her comically falling to the floor after reading a scathing review, and the ending. Those are such baity scenes done so classically well.”
erenjaeger: “I would like for Isabelle, Amy and Ruth to be nominated over Meryl. But I think a Meryl nomination is very much likely at this point.”
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