Over the past month, the Gold Derby series Meryl Streep at the Oscars has looked back at Meryl Streep’s 21 Oscar nominations, including her 2018 bid for “The Post.” We have considered the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.
For a film buff and awards season aficionado, there is perhaps no more exhilarating a journey than going back to revisit all 21 Streep performances that brought her to the Oscars, plus her competition over the years – a grand total of 105 performances, most richly deserving of their recognition.
While Streep has three Academy Awards — for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011) — a case could surely be made that she has deserved even more. She is at her career-best in “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995) and, if not for the juggernaut that was Shirley MacLaine in “Terms of Endearment” (1983), chances are strong Streep would have triumphed for her incredible work in “Silkwood.” Further victories would have been deserving for “The Deer Hunter” (1978); “A Cry in the Dark” (1988); “Postcards from the Edge” (1990); and “Adaptation” (2002) as well.
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Reflecting on these and other Streep performances, including turns that weren’t recognized at the Oscars, only reaffirms her status as an unimpeachable living legend of the big screen. It really isn’t hyperbole when she’s labeled, as she so often is, as the greatest actress of her generation. Even in her weakest Oscar-nominated performance, “Into the Woods” (2014), Streep is not for a moment anything less than a pleasure to watch. She always brings her A-game, even when the film itself isn’t a whole lot to write home about.
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Venturing through these 21 categories also shines a spotlight on some of the greatest performances to ever grace the big screen, the likes of Jessica Lange in “Frances” (1982); Whoopi Goldberg in “The Color Purple” (1985); and Jane Alexander in “Testament” (1983). Streep may indeed have the most exemplary filmography of all the recognized actresses over these 21 Oscar ceremonies but there are plenty of other nominees too with spectacular performances, wholly deserving of having a spotlight shone on them.
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All fans of Streep and the Oscars should, at some point in their lives, give this project a shot!
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘The Deer Hunter’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘Sophie’s Choice’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘Silkwood’
SEE Meryl Streep in “Out of Africa”
SEE Meryl Streep in “Ironweed”
SEE Meryl Streep in “A Cry in the Dark”
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘Postcards from the Edge’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘The Bridges of Madison County’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘One True Thing’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘Music of the Heart’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘Adaptation’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘Doubt’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘Julie & Julia’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘The Iron Lady’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’
SEE Meryl Steep in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’
SEE Meryl Streep in ‘The Post’