Which of Meryl Streep’s 19 Oscar nominations were undeserved? My count is five.

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  • Paul Sheehan
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    #189470

    OK, I get it — she is the greatest actress of her generation … but ever? That is the takeaway when you consider she has 19 Oscar nominations. But did she deserve all of those bids? 

    Her tally to date puts her far ahead of folks like Jack Nicholson (12 and counting), Katharine Hepburn with a dozen Best Actress bids, Laurence Oliiver (10 in total for his acting) and Spencer Tracy (nine Best Actor nominations). 

    For me, Streep did not merit at least five of her nominations, as detailed below

    1. “A Cry in the Dark” (1988): That she contended for this one-note performance was the first sign that Streep-mania had taken hold of the academy. Her Aussie accent is laughable.

    2. “One True Thing” (1998:): One of those roles tailor-made for the academy — a long-suffering mother who is dying. Please.

    3. “Music of the Heart” (1999): The part was written for Madonna … who would have been better.

    4. “The Iron Lady” (2011): Again, her accent was way off and her portrayal of this fiercesome dame was faulty.

    5. “August: Osage County” (2013): This whole thing played like an extended episode of “Mama’s Family.” Why didn’t they just cast Vicki Lawrence in the role of the mean matriarch?

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    First, I’m a little bit disappointed by the amount of when was Meryl undeserving threads. Each actress who has been a perennial nominee has her lows but Meryl – being the Queen – is the one everybody is attacking.

    Take Blanchett. To me at least two of her nominations have been undeserving.
    She was a clear lead in Notes on a Scandal and she made it into supporting because she obviously had no shot in leading (as the BAFTA snub proves). And of course, she was nominated for Elizabeth: The Golden Age. This makes two out of six, which is a higher percentage of undeserved nods than Meryl. And her supporting actress win was a make-up Oscar. Madsen was way more interesting. Linney was very good as well.
    And half of Winslet’s nods are undeserved. 

    On Meryl: while I agree about Music of the Heart, August: Osage Country and even Into the Woods, I believe all of her other nods have been well-deserved, especially A CRY IN THE DARK. It’s a terrific performance and many consider her far more worthy than Foster. 

    And Jack Nicholson won an Oscar for As Good As It Gets, which to me is probably one of the least deserving best actor performances. Hepburn won two Oscars for performances that had no place being nominated – On Golden Pond and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? 

    And while we’re at that, Meryl should have won Oscars in:
    1979 Kramer vs. Kramer – she won
    1982 Sophie’s Choice – she won
    1983 Silkwood – she didn’t win but should have
    2002 Adaptation – she didn’t win but she should have
    2009 Julie & Julia – she didn’t win but should have

    And yes, to me she’s way ahead of Hepburn. Hepburn was a big star. Great charisma. Limited actress. Streep is a chameleon and as a person in the performance arts, I can tell you that Streep is somebody who inspired so many people and yes, to me that makes her really special. 
     

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    Etchie
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    #189473

    ZERO

    ZILCH

    NONE

    NADA

    SUE  ME  !!!

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    FilmGuy619
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    First and foremost, August: Osage County. Not only did I think it wasn’t her best work, but in the year of performances like Adele Exarchopoulos, Brie Larson, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, this nomination is impossible to defend.

    I wasn’t crazy about her being nominated for Into The Woods, either. I mean, she was lively and entertaining, but that doesn’t equal Oscar-worthy in my book. 

    Lastly, I have a feeling I’m not going to be making friends for this, but The Iron Lady. Film was horrible and all she was given to do was mimic. 2011 was a killer year for actresses, but it’s a bit of a head scratcher to award one of our best actresses for one of her weakest performances while names like Tilda Swinton and Charlize Theron found their names missing from the lineup.

    Now, I get that Meryl isn’t the only actress that is a perennial choice. But to me, what is bothersome is that they feel almost everything she does is Oscar-worthy and she just gets in without ever having a shot at winning. It isn’t bothersome to nominate Meryl, but it’s tiresome seeing her nominated almost every time she has a movie out. Sorry, but that’s my spiel. 

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    Marcus Dixon
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    You’re crazy — Meryl deserved to WIN for “August: Osage County.” She was phenomenal.

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    Etchie
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    You’re crazy — Meryl deserved to WIN for “August: Osage County.” She was phenomenal.

    AMEN ….. AMEN ….. AMEN  !!! 

    ALLELUIA ….. ALLELUIA ….. ALLELUIA  !!!

    Streep could be 2nd or 3rd for August: Osage County !!!

    Blanchett just got lucky that both Streep & Bullock were recent winners !!!

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    GhostOrchid
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    Okay… okay, I was prepare for certain mentions, but A Cry in the Dark? Underserved?
    That’s the first time I EVER had to read that with the word undeserved and I’m shocked.
    The others doesn’t shock me at all. Not that I care actually. I’m deeply impressed she got them all. (including her sweet “revenge” for Madonna *lol*)
    And the win for TIL is my personal favorite Oscar win ever. For many many reasons, but I leave it here.

    One True Thing is underrated. She didn’t play just the “dying mother”. It was much more than that.
    What a woman, what a queen.
    Love

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    Come on, Meryl is nominated every time?! They feel that they have to nominate her for everything?! No, they don’t.
    And while Meryl gets attacked for some so-so nominations, when was the last time anybody made a comment about Will Smith’s two ridiculous nods?! What about Sean Penn being nominated for I Am Sam and Sweet and Lowdown?! Didn’t their inclusions rob somebody more deserving?!  It’s easy to attack Meryl but to state that they nominate her for everything is way too much.
    Meryl has been snubbed on Oscar night for The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Silkwood, Ironweed, The Bridges of Madison County, Adaptation. These are performances that are vastly superior to 90% of the best actress winning performances. So yeah.. Hate on.

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    manakamana
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    I think “Cry in the Dark” is one of her best performances, and ergo one of the best performances of that entire decade. Also, I don’t really know how to respond to any suggestion of her affectations in “The Iron Lady” — other than to say that Margaret Thatcher was basically really like that (and the flashbacks are clouded from her own rosy perspective — it’s the old Thatcher where Meryl really did her best work in years). 

    I wouldn’t have nominated her for “Out of Africa,” but being that she’s the lead in a Best Picture vehicle it’s not exactly a surprise. I think her “Ironweed” nomination is her least deserved.  “One True Thing” and “Music of the Heart” feel like filler nods and I don’t think her last two nominations were particularly necessary, either. But I don’t have a big problem with them (her performance in “August” in particular felt like one meant for a much better film, and the material deserved a director more capable of molding the talent available). 

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    Tye-Grr
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    The only two I really have a problem with are:

    ‘Into The Woods’ 
    ‘August: Osage County’  

    Other than that, the rest are all justifiable IMHO.  

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    eric123
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    August: Osage County, Out of Africa, and Into the Woods. She wasn’t bad in any of these, it’s just that they weren’t as good as her other Oscar nominations.

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    Atypical
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    The “A Cry in the Dark” hate is blasphemous and unwarranted. Streep was incredible in that performance. I loved the play version of “August: Osage County,” so I had pretty high expectations of Meryl’s version of Violet Weston that I thought she met beautifully (the film itself is another matter). I still haven’t seen “One True Thing,” since it seems so maudlin and eye-rolling in all the clips I’ve seen of it over the years. “The Iron Lady” is an interesting case. I wouldn’t have picked her to win her third Oscar for that very deficient film, but she was playing Margaret effin’ Thatcher, so I guess some notice had to be taken of her there. “Music of the Heart” is the only one of those listed where I think a legitimate case could have been made for an undeserved nomination. Madonna might have indeed been great in that role, and the Academy still would have snubbed her. I think most people concede that this slot belonged to Reese Witherspoon for what I still consider to be her career-best work in the seminal “Election.” #VoteforFlicka

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    babypook
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    #189483

    The one perf by Ms Meryl that I didnt care for was in The Hours. She ‘missed’ for that one, did she not?

    These Streep hater threads are always so very interesting…..

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    Exactly, men always have it easier. Day-Lewis wins three Oscars for extremely baity performances. If Meryl did that, they would have executed her. I don’t really care much about Day-Lewis, besides There Will Be Blood. He always acts as if he’s in a different film on his own, without any of his co-stars. 

    And actually, multiple of Bette Davis’s nominations were fillers. And the performances were so-so.
    It’s the case with many of Hepburn’s nominations.
    Judi Dench got nominated for stuff like Chocolat. If Meryl got a nod like that, you would have gone out to protest. 
    Stop the hate already! We’re talking about a great gift to art everywhere and all you can do it attack her.
     

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    Jake
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    I think she didn’t deserve it for “Ironweed”, “Music of the Heart” and “Doubt” but I would nominate her for “Death Becomes Her” (yes, really!), “The River Wild” and “The Hours” so it’s even. I didn’t see “Into the Woods” yet but this year’s BSA line-up as a whole looks very boring.

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