Meryl Streep (‘The Post’) loses at Oscars for 18th time, crushing her own record

Over the past four decades Meryl Streep has amassed 21 Oscar nominations, more than any performer in Academy Awards history. She won three of those races, making her a member of the exclusive three-timers club of which there are only two other living members: Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson. However, there’s a unique downside to Queen Meryl’s Oscar reign. After losing Best Actress for “The Post” Sunday night to Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Streep now has 18 Oscar failures on her hands, extending her record as the biggest acting loser of all time.

Streep’s losses straddle 39 years, including 15 as Best Actress and 3 as Best Supporting Actress. Her first loss for “The Deer Hunter” (1978) happened four decades ago, setting the stage for a remarkable Oscar trajectory full of a few ups and many, many downs. Her trio of Oscar victories came for Best Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), Best Actress for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and Best Actress for “The Iron Lady” (2011).

Hopefully Streep gains some solace in knowing that 18 losses is nothing compared to the living person with the most Oscar misfires: composer John Williams. After losing at the 2018 Oscars for scoring “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Williams now has 46 Oscar sour notes to go along with his five victories.

Below, see the complete list of Streep’s 18 Oscar losses and who beat her each time:

Best Actress losses
“The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981) — lost to Katharine Hepburn for “On Golden Pond”
“Silkwood” (1983) — lost to Shirley MacLaine for “Terms of Endearment”
“Out of Africa” (1985) — lost to Geraldine Page for “The Trip to Bountiful”
“Ironweed” (1987) — lost to Cher for “Moonstruck”
“A Cry in the Dark” (1988) — lost to Jodie Foster for “The Accused”
“Postcards from the Edge” (1990) — lost to Kathy Bates for “Misery”
“The Bridges of Madison County” (1995) — lost to Susan Sarandon for “Dead Man Walking”
“One True Thing” (1998) — lost to Gwyneth Paltrow for “Shakespeare in Love”
“Music of the Heart” (1999) — lost to Hilary Swank for “Boys Don’t Cry”
“The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) — lost to Helen Mirren for “The Queen”
“Doubt” (2008) — lost to Kate Winslet for “The Reader”
“Julie & Julia” (2009) — lost to Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side”
“August: Osage County” (2013) — lost to Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine”
“Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016) — lost to Emma Stone for “La La Land”
“The Post” (2017) — lost to Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Supporting Actress losses
“The Deer Hunter” (1978) — lost to Maggie Smith for “California Suite”
“Adaptation” (2002) — lost to Catherine Zeta-Jones for “Chicago”
“Into the Woods” (2014) — lost to Patricia Arquette for “Boyhood”

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