Yes, Meryl Streep just won Best Actress from the National Board of Review for her role in Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” but an important clarification is in order. Many people confuse NBR with being a film critics’ group. It’s not. She recently lost to Saorise Ronan (“Lady Bird”) when the New York critics voted. Next up: How will she fare when the L.A. critics vote this Sunday?
The New York Film Critics Circle has been the most generous, giving her four Best Actress Awards for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982), “A Cry in the Dark” (1988), “Julie and Julia” (2009) and “The Iron Lady” (2011). She also won Best Supporting Actress in 1979 for “Kramer Versus Kramer” and “The Seduction of Joe Tynan,” but surprisingly not for “Manhattan.”
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society also recognized her as Best Supporting Actress for her 1979 roster and for “Sophie’s Choice” in 1982. The L.A. group also gave her two additional Best Actress awards for “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and “Out of Africa.” The National Society gave Streep her first laurel as Best Supporting Actress for 1978’s “The Deer Hunter” and then a second in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress for “The Devil Wears Prada” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”
The Critics’ Choice Awards have nominated Streep eight times for solo awards, proclaiming her champ three times: twice for Best Actress “Julie & Julia” (2009) and “Doubt” (2008) and once for Best Actress in a Comedy for “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016).
While this collection of awards may seem like a lot for most actors, for someone like Streep it is interesting to note that despite her record 20 Oscar nominations, she hasn’t always swept critics group awards to the extent some may have thought.
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