Meryl Streep (‘The Post’) poised to earn Oscar nomination #21, but will she win elusive 4th trophy?

Meryl Streep is poised to earn her 21st Oscar nomination this year for Steven Spielberg‘s still-unseen film “The Post.” She stars as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham in this 1971-set docudrama about her decision to have faith in her editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and publish a classified dossier on the escalating American involvement in the Vietnam conflict. Streep is already the most nominated performer in Oscar history with 20 bids, but with only three victories under her belt that also means she’s lost more times (17) than anyone else. Refresh your memory on who beat Streep each of those times in Gold Derby’s photo gallery above.

Streep’s three Oscar victories came for her performances in “Kramer vs. Kramer” (supporting, 1979), “Sophie’s Choice” (lead, 1982) and “The Iron Lady” (lead, 2011). She’s currently in Oscar’s three-timers club along with Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day Lewis, though her 20 acting nominations puts Streep in a league of her own. Second place for nominations is currently a tie between Nicholson and Katharine Hepburn, both of whom amassed 12 bids.

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Speaking of Hepburn, she’s the only person in Oscar history to win more than three acting trophies, a record that’s held for more than three decades. She took home four Best Actress Oscars for “Morning Glory” (1933), “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), “The Lion in Winter” (1968) and “On Golden Pond” (1981). If Streep prevails for “The Post” this year, she’ll tie Hepburn for that exclusive record.

Streep’s performance in “The Post” puts her in the running for the Best Actress prize along with such leading ladies as Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Jessica Chastain (“Molly’s Game”), Judi Dench (“Victoria and Abdul”) and Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”). See more 2018 Oscar predictions.

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