Early Tuesday morning, the nominees for the Academy Awards were announced. Meryl Streep received her 20th nomination for her lead role in “Florence Foster Jenkins.” When Streep heard of the news of her nomination this morning, she had this gif sent out as her response:
How did Streep get to be the most nominated actress in Oscar history? Let’s take a look back on her Academy Award history.
In 1979, Streep played a supporting role in “The Deer Hunter” and received her first Oscar nomination for her role, but lost to Maggie Smith for her role in “California Suite.” Things changed in 1980 when she was nominated for her role as Joanna Kramer in “Kramer vs. Kramer” and received her first Academy Award. In 1982, she starred in a film titled “Sophie’s Choice” where she portrays a concentration camp survivor. For her role, she had the difficult task of mastering a Polish accent. This film led her to her fourth nomination and second win at the 1983 Academy Awards.
Throughout her career, she’s been nominated for her lead or supporting roles in films such as “Silkwood,” “Out of Africa,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “Doubt,” and so many more. It wasn’t until 2012, 29 years after her second win, that she took home her third Academy Award for “The Iron Lady,” a film about British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
Since then, Streep has been nominated three more times, giving her a total of 20 Oscar nominations, the most in Academy Award history, over her 40 year career. So how did she get to this point? Streep is often considered one of the best actresses of all time and one can say that she achieved that title by diving into her roles and becoming the person she is playing, whether it be a fictional character or not. She does whatever it takes to take her role as far as it can go, whether that be learning various accents, playing the violin, or singing songs by ABBA. Not only does The Academy notice these great lengths to which Streep goes, but the rest of the world notices it and has named her one of the greats. She remains humble about these accolades and stated in her 2012 acceptance speech, “The thing that counts the most with me is the friendships and the love and the sheer joy we have shared making these movies together.”
For the full list of nominees visit: oscar.go.com/nominees Tune into The 89th Academy Awards Sunday February 26 on ABC 7est/6ct