Looks like Meryl Streep is a slam dunk to reap her 18th Oscar nomination for her role as Violet Weston, a pill-popping mad matriarch in "August: Osage County." With the Weinstein Company handling distribution of this Oscar-bait movie, expect voters to bite.
John Wells' screen version of Tracy Letts' 2008 Tony and Pulitzer champ just had its first test screening and reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Our forum posters have been busy parsing the tweets of those in attendance. Almost all agree Streep is the one to beat for Best Actress at the Oscars.
That would give Streep her third Best Actress award, following wins for "Sophie's Choice" in 1982 and "The Iron Lady" last year. With her 1979 supporting prize for "Kramer vs. Kramer," that would tie her with Katharine Hepburn who won Best Actress four times -- "Morning Glory" (1933); "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967); "The Lion in Winter" (1968); and "On Golden Pond" (1981).
The Broadway run of the play reaped wins for Deanna Dunagan as the vile Violet and Rondi Reed as her long-suffering sister Mattie. Emmy champ Margo Martindale ("Justified") now plays that part and those who saw the film say she is likely to reap a supporting Oscar nod.
But where will the Weinsteins position Julia Roberts who co-stars as Barbara, Violet's oldest daughter, and engages in one mother of a battle with her momma. At the Tonys, Amy Morton contended in the lead race, losing to Dunagan. Will Roberts allow herself to be demoted to supporting? If she does, the thinking is that she would be the frontrunner in that category.
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