June 19, 2019 at 8:15 am #1202944129
She’s just like most Hollywood actors: usually boring, giving easy performances in passable films, not challenging themselves. I’d take away most of her nominations.
Throw her a win for A Cry in the Dark or The Bridges of Madison County (preferably the latter), and nominate her for Adaptation. Maybe.June 19, 2019 at 11:57 am #1202944493
I am surprised that people think she did not deserve her nomination for Adaptation. That was my first Meryl Streep movie and have loved her since. Personally, I would have voted for her. I still think Velma Kelly is a leading role and Catherine should not have been in that category. (Much like Meryl in Devil Wears Prada)
If there is a movie I think Meryl should not have been nominated for, I guess I have to say One True Thing. It’s a boring movie and a boring role. Besides that, I think she should have gotten all her nominations (and a few more wins.)June 19, 2019 at 12:29 pm #1202944545
I agree with with that sentiment, Adaptation is probably her last great dramatic performance. Her acting style is so suited for the character.June 19, 2019 at 8:36 pm #1202945043
I’d say Music of the Heart is the only one that she didn’t deserve. The Post and Florence Foster Jenkins were ok but I wouldn’t have complained if they found other nominees those years.
I’d also give her a nomination for Plenty in 1985 but she was ineligible because she was already getting one for Out of Africa.
Music of the Heart did have one big Oscar bait scene where she’s telling a mother how her kid’s face lights up when he plays the violin. They played that scene on TV and radio all through Oscar season and I think that’s what got her the nomination. Sometimes you only need one moment. (For instance Cate Blanchett probably got the nomination for the second Elizabeth movie based on that ” I command the wind” moment which was another one that was played endlessly.) Interesting tidbit: Madonna was cast in that role in Music of the Heart first but dropped out and Meryl took over. I bet Madonna was a bit upset on Oscar nomination day.June 20, 2019 at 7:35 am #1202945451
Maybe 3 or so of Streep’s nods were excessive, mostly the latter ones, but I’m perfectly fine with the vast majority of them. She was a fantastic Violet Weston in “August: Osage County,” and a thrilling Witch in “Into the Woods.” “The Post” gave Streep a nice arc from tentative “woman in a man’s world” to quietly commanding and savvy businesswoman. “Florence” I can take it or leave it. The much-maligned nods for “Music of the Heart” and “One True Thing” both have their Oscar moments, but as a whole, some stronger nominees could have been chosen too. 3 wins still. Nothing will ever top “Sophie’s Choice.” “Kramer” mostly holds up emotionally beyond its 70s trappings. Swap “The Iron Lady” win for “Prada” (in a less competitive year, I think she could have won, possibly in supporting actress) or “A Cry in the Dark.” Keep the nomination, I guess. “Doubt” though, yikes. She was in a completely different film than the rest of the ensemble, and not in a good way. Cherry Jones should have been cast instead. I think she might have been tied down to “24” around that time though. On some days, I’d snatch that nomination outright.June 20, 2019 at 11:52 am #1202945773
In my personal awards universe, she wins for the following movies:
A Cry in the Dark
She comes close to winning for The Iron Lady, Florence Foster Jenkins and Kramer vs. Kramer.
From her Oscar nominations, I feel that Music of the Heart is a real head-scratcher. It is a fine performance but given in a mediocre movie from an unlikely director in a year when so many great performances appeared on the screen. Not sure why they felt Streep belonged in the top 5.
Her nomination for One True Thing was well-deserved – the movie in itself is severly underrated showing how powerful acting can elevate material from potential lifetime quality (I feel that Zellweger should have gotten the nomination; her early performances are still her best as she was at her most natural then).
I wasn’t too big of a fan of hers in Julie & Julia, so I could have lived without her being nominated.
As for the other nominated performances — they are all very very good and it all depends on taste whether one thinks they should be in the top 5, but calling them bad is a bit weird.June 22, 2019 at 11:53 am #1202948102
Happy 70th to Meryl!June 25, 2019 at 3:14 pm #1202951650
Doubt – recast with Glenn Close in the role
Julie and Julia – recast with Tilda Swinton
The Iron Lady – recast with Kristin Scott Thomas or Emma Thompson
Music of the Heart – recast with Michelle Pfeiffer
One True Thing – recast with Susan Sarandon
Florence Foster Jenkins – recast with Fiona Shaw
August: Osage County – recast with Glenn Close
The Post – recast with Jane Alexander
03 wins: Sophie´Choice, Silkwood, Adaptation
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