It is probably no surprise that Meryl Streep received her astounding 20th Oscar nomination this year for Best Actress in “Florence Foster Jenkins.” She continues to put distance between her nearest competitors (Jack Nicholson and Katharine Hepburn are tied for second place with 12 nominations), but as Steve Martin once jokingly pointed out while hosting the Oscars, she also holds the record for the “most losses.” Click through our photo gallery above that highlights all of Meryl Streep’s Oscar wins … and losses.
While it’s hard to consider the quantity of nominations as anything but an achievement by arguably the best film actress ever, one has to sympathize in a fun way with the sheer number of times Streep has had to sit for three-plus hours in an auditorium and watch other people accept awards. For the non-Streep fans out there, she’s only won three trophies so far: Best Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), Best Actress for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and Best Actress for “The Iron Lady” (2011). With one contest still to be decided — Best Actress for “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016) — that means a whopping 16 times the award has gone to someone else.
While most of Gold Derby’s Oscar experts are predicting that Emma Stone will take home this year’s award (though a few renegades are betting on the long shot of Isabelle Huppert), whomever beats Streep will join a long line of other actresses she’s had the privilege (or pain) of listening to while they accept their awards and thank their agents. The list of her competitors is a virtual who’s-who of actresses. Some are legends who rival Streep in their accomplishments while some were flukes whose careers didn’t last past their initial Oscar glory. So it is with tongue firmly in cheek we look back and ask the question, who beat Meryl Streep?
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