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    I would have given her 5: Sophie’s Choice and Julie & Julia for Best Actress; The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer and Adaptation for Best Supporting Actress (:

    Her best performances for which she did not receive Oscar nominations: Before & After; Dancing at Lughnasa; The River Wild.

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    It’s funny how with all of Streep’s nominations there were really only two times that there was any suspense involved as to whether she would win or not. (For French Lieutenant’s Woman the thinking was she would win and The Iron Lady was really close with her and Viola Davis) All the other times the results were expected.

    If she’d won for French Lieutenant over Hepburn she’d have the record now with 4 wins.

    If she had won with French Lieutenant she probably wouldn’t have won with Iron Lady.

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    The amazing Meryl Streep should have won for:

    The Deer Hunter, Kramer v Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Silkwood, A Cry in the Dark, The Bridges of Madison County, One True Thing, The Hours, Doubt, The Iron Lady, August Osage County and The Post.

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    If she had won with French Lieutenant she probably wouldn’t have won with Iron Lady.

    I don’t know. The narrative that pushed her over the top that year (started by Gold Derby!) was that it had been close to 30 years since she had won one but with constant nominations. I think she may have still had a chance but that year the votes totals between her and Viola were probably very close.

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    The questions is: Had she lost for Iron Lady, would she still be a two-time winner now? I think there would have been a huge push for The Post. I’m kinda surprised there wasn’t a bigger one.

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    Cannot deal with the other thread comparing other actresses to Streep, so my 2 cents on what she deserves a win for:

    KvK, Sophie’s Choice, Silkwood, Bridges of Madison County, ADAPTATION (which imo was a breakthrough to the next phase of her acting career, also next was Lemony Snickets which is a really underrated and fun performance), Devil Wears Prada and Julie and Julia (her and Stanley Tucci with Nora Ephron’s script depicted one of the most romantic relationships committed to screen).

    Also never really got the hate for her Into the Woods and FFJ noms..she is masterful there and always just a step from teetering into too much.

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    Kramer vs. Kramer
    The French Lieutenant’s Woman
    Sophie’s Choice
    The Devil Wears Prada
    Julie & Julia
    Silkwood
    The Post

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    Sophie’s Choice
    Kramer vs. Kramer
    The Devil Wears Prada
    Into the Woods

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    Twice – for The Bridges of Madison County and Adaptation

    If you haven’t yet, please check out my project from last year – 20 Years of Streep – in which I reviewed her first 20 Oscar-nominated turns, plus the 80 performances she faced in each year.

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    Kramer vs. Kramer – supporting

    Sophie’s Choice – lead

    Brigdes… Madison – lead 100% better than Susan, the car scene is perfect

    The Devil Wears Prada – supporting

    Doubt – lead, Kate Winslet is supporting

     

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    I think she was pretty great in Into the Woods. Just the way she sings the line “who out there will love you more than I?” and makes it a threatening demeaning witch scaring the daughter away from leaving her is so different from everyone else who does it more as a clingy mother not wanting the daughter to leave—-well that makes it Oscar worthy right there.

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    She’s also great in Plenty which got lost in Out of Africa acclaim. They should have held that back for 1986 or pushed it up to 1984 the two years she didn’t get nominated back then.

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    Kramer vs Kramer
    Sophie’s Choice
    The Devil Wears Prada (in supporting)
    Doubt

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    I agree with all of her wins with an asterisk for The Iron Lady in that I’d give her the win among the nominees but I would have given the award to Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia. 

    I’d give her an Oscar for Adaptation among the nominees no question, but had Emily Mortimor been nominated for Lovely & Amazing I’d give her the award instead.

    I’d give Meryl Streep an Oscar for Julie & Julia among the group as well. So, for me, she’d have five Oscars and despite that, I can’t help fight the feeling that she’s still not one of my favorite screen actresses. It’s strange.

    Anyway, one of my personal favorite performances from her was The Bridges of Madison County but there were so many great performances that year that I wouldn’t give her the Oscar. I thought Elizabeth Shue, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, and the non-nominated Jennifer Jason Leigh (my personal winner) gave superior performances. Actually, Thompson was pretty equal.

    As for her performances that I don’t think or I am unsure should have won but were better than the actual winners:

    I think her performance in Silkwood was superior to Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine’s but not superior to Debra Winger’s performance. However, I can’t deny that MacLaine’s performance and the whole “give my daughter the shot!” has had more impact on pop culture.

    I also think her performance in The Deer Hunter was better than Oscar winner Maggie Smith’s performance in California Suite (what an awful movie all-around outside of the Maggie Smith/Michael Cain story) but I’m glad Smith did win her second Oscar for a “silly comedy” and played a character who seemed whatever about the whole Oscar race until she lost and then lost it. I would have voted for Maureen Stapleton for Interiors.

    Almost everyone was better than Katharine Hepburn’s performance from  On Golden Pond, but I would rather rewatch  On Golden Pond than The French Lieutenant’s Woman. “I was his whore!” line was so…extra.

    Everybody was good the year Geraldine Paige won except for Anne Bancroft (who I usually like) for Agnes of God. I don’t know what THAT performance was doing there. Streep for Out of Africa was on the upper tier of that impressive group of performances. Paige I understand some people can give or take since she’s so mannered even for a stage actress doing screen work. That really worked in Summer and Smoke and especially Interiors.

    I thought every nominee that year was superior to Cher in Moonstruck. I’d vote for Holly Hunter or Sally Kirkland myself. Ironweed must be one of Streep’s lesser known works from the 80s.

    Streep for A Cry in the Dark was amazing and I’d probably give her an Oscar if not for Glenn Close in Dangerous Liasons. I don’t begrudge Foster her win here but I thought she was superior in every way for her second win for The Silence of the Lambs.

    Yes, I do think Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins was superior to Emma Stone in La La Land.  Hell, I think it was way better than Natalie Portman in Jackie as well (I’d also rank Emma Stone’s performance higher than Portman’s). I think her performance in FFF is severely underrated and faced backlash due to Streep fatigue among Gold Derby posters and other online Oscar predictors. I wouldn’t give her the win though. That statuette belonged to Isabelle Huppert and ONLY Isabelle Huppert.

    Now for performances where I would not have given her an Oscar nomination:

    August: Osage County
    Into the Woods

    I could take or leave her nominations for One True Thing; The Devil Wears Prada (I just haven’t clicked with this performance); and Doubt (only because I don’t think Streep gave a nuanced enough performance for that role compared to stage actress Cherry Jones).

    I still haven’t seen The Post yet to render an opinion.

     

     

     

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