Skip to comments.Meryl Streep in Rare Company with 3rd Oscar
Posted on 02/27/2012 6:51:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Meryl Streep joined a very exclusive club on Sunday, winning her third acting Oscar for her role as a strident Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."
Streep, 62, won best actress for her 17th Oscar nomination, the most times any performer has been nominated by the Academy.
Her third win put her in a category with other three-time Oscar winners Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan and Ingrid Bergman. Only Katharine Hepburn with four wins had more.
She joked about how many times she's been up for acting's highest honors.
"When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, 'Oh no... her again,'" Streep said.
Streep played the British prime minister as a senile retiree, as well as a hectoring, dominant figure who instilled fear and respect in her own cabinet. At the film's pinnacle, Streep as Thatcher is the backbone of a nation that goes to war over the distant Falkland Islands after Argentina invades in 1982.
She thanked her fans "for this inexplicable wonderful career" and paid special tribute to her husband, sculptor Don Gummer.
Streep also called out for special mention her "other partner," J. Roy Helland, who has done her makeup since 1982 in "Sophie's Choice," the movie that won Streep her first best actress award. Streep also won for best supporting actress for the 1979 movie, "Kramer vs. Kramer."
Makeup artist Helland won earlier in the night, sharing the award for best makeup with Mark Coulier.
Streep said backstage that when she first saw herself in old-age makeup, "I saw my dad."
"Maybe my dad looked like Margaret Thatcher."
But she and the makeup crew gradually reduced the amount of rubber prosthetics until she looked more like herself.
(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnewyork.com ...
Ms Streep is indeed a superb actress.
But, as far as Hollywood and their “awards” go...
DILLIGAFF - “Do I Look Like I Give A Flying F?”
Oscars are like participation awards
She was truly amazing in The Iron Lady. She captured the facial expressions, the gestures, the mannerisms, and the stance of an elderly, declining person, and gave enormous drama and pathos to Thatcher’s recollections of her husband and family. I’m glad she won.
List of 84th Academy Award winners
1. Best Picture: The Artist.
2. Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist.
3. Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady.
4. Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners.
5. Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help.
6. Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist.
7. Foreign Language Film: A Separation, Iran.
8. Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants.
9. Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris.
10. Animated Feature Film: Rango.
11. Art Direction: Hugo.
12. Cinematography: Hugo.
13. Sound Mixing: Hugo.
14. Sound Editing: Hugo.
15. Original Score: The Artist.
16. Original Song: Man or Muppet from The Muppets.
17. Costume Design: The Artist.
18. Documentary Feature: Undefeated.
19. Documentary Short: Saving Face.
20. Film Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
21. Makeup: The Iron Lady.
22. Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
23. Live Action Short Film: The Shore.
24. Visual Effects: Hugo.
Oscar winners previously presented this season:
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Oprah Winfrey.
Honorary Award: James Earl Jones.
Honorary Award: Dick Smith.
Gordon E. Sawyer Award: Douglas Trumbull.
Award of Merit: ARRI cameras.
Amazing how many derogatory things this biased piece stated about one of the most successful women politicians in modern history. Of course, if they were describing Hillary Clinton, “strident,” “hectoring,” and “domineering” would be replaced with “bold,” “persuasive” and “forceful.”
Anything with the NBC tag is Leftist propaganda, and they are proud of it.
She is indeed a great actress. The best there is today. I loved her in Devil Wears Prada. Have not seen Iron Lady yet. Will rent it most likely. If anyone has ever seen Sophie’s Choice and not shed a tear or two, then I submit they are not human....
Woody Allen was not there last night, I hope he isn’t ill.
Her acting is always the same - she cries and her nose gets red. That's it. Her movies are only useful to the suicidal who desire to be bored to death.
Wow! I just watched parts of this movie on a dvd last night. I thought her performance was unbelievably campy. It was like watching the great Catherine O’Hara doing Thatcher on an old SCTV skit.
I wouldn’t go that far. I think she’s a smart woman with a lot of craft, intelligence, humor. But she does have a certain sameness about her and also a certain tendency to over act.
I remember way, way back in the 1979 time frame. I asked an older co-worker if he’d seen Kramer vs. Kramer. He said he hadn’t but that it was a notable first as it was the first time Streep got to play herself - i.e. a witch.
I kinda like her but I can see the point of those that don’t.
As Pauline Kael used to say: she’s an android, not a human being. And if I want to watch an impressionist, I’ll go over to You Tube and watch Frank Gorshin. She has always been the most overrated actress in America. She does accents because there is no “there” there - and, sometimes, in interviews, she herself has confessed this.
She is a phenomenal actress, there is no doubt. Unlike a lot of the hollywood nonsense where its clearly nepotism, pr or hype, this lady is an honest talent. A true rarity in a town where no talent hacks like Cameron Diaz can find steady work.
Is there a reason for the Marxist politically
charged word: "strident" in the reporting ?
I thought her portrayal was amazing, but the liberals in Hollywood did a hatchet job on Thatcher with the movie. It made Thatcher look pathetic rather than sympathetic. Her achievements were minimized and denigrated.
I’ll have to see The Artist, in see if it was better than Hugo, which I thought should have won going in.
I will always remember her from the mini-series, “Holocaust”.
I always figured back when they were filming she was dating James Woods...but it turned out at that time she was dating the then-dying John Cazale(Fredo) when they were also filming “The Deer Hunter.”
I loved her in Silkwood.
She was also in one of my favorite movies, “Defending Your Life.”
I have seen both.
My choice was, hands down, “The Artist”; until I saw “Hugo”.
While “The Artist” was innovative, “Hugo” was a much more elaborate film. Both were excellent, but the edge should have gone to “Hugo”
Her greatest acting performance ever was her appearance before Congress regardng alar.
They should have held the awards in Paris, last night.
The Artist - French Produced
Hugo - Takes place in 1930’s Paris
Midnight in Paris
The War Horse - Takes place in WWI-era France
I think maybe the fact that Scorcese directed it, may have hurt its’ chances.
I didn’t see that one.
And “the distant Falkland islands” would have been “long-held sovereign territory”.
But, you’re right.. it’s only NBC and so all you can do is roll your eyes and chuckle.
They are clearly pushing the international audience... they mentioned the international audience countless times in their voiceovers as they went to and from commercial etc.
Hollywood is just going global like any other industry, you will see more and more “pandering” if you will to foreign films etc as they try to make sure they take and keep dominance.
I think it was a crime that Ben Kingsley wasn’t even nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Hugo.
'The Devil Loves Prada' is my favorite Streep movie also. She's the best of the lot today and I love her, but how come she didn't learn anything from 'Prada' about how to dress and do her hair?
To me, she always looks so frumpy. Her hair always looks stringy and untidy and she looks overweight. The clothes she wears are unflattering and make her look bigger.
She portrayed Lady Thatcher with a jaundiced eye, there is NO way Hollywood would have produced anything close if a “Kennedy” were the subject. Lady Thatcher was a magnificent human being with real accomplishments and great courage. Meryl Streep is a creepy, overpraised actress with a “goddess” complex. I have no intention of singer her praises, she doesn’t deserve them.
The Artist was incredible and trust me I did not want to go. After weeks of pleading, I finally broke down and went with my wife. We went yesterday afternoon after mass and I must say I was amazed. I thought why go see a film in black and white with zero sound. It earned the Oscar definitely.
Meryl Streep is a creepy, overpraised actress with a goddess complex.
I think she is very humble. She is always incredibly shocked to win. I think she genuinely loves to act and could care less about the awards. Plus, she has been married to the same man 28 years....in Hollywood, that makes her astonishing. I applaud her for her family values. Heck she might even vote for Santorum....that would be incredible.
Absolutely. Their audience numbers in the U.S. are down because half of the country can't stand being bombarded with leftist propaganda. Look at the numbers for Act of Valor over the weekend. They have to appeal to the international audience so they can shove their anti-American drivel to a receptive audience.
That is one ugly dress in the picture you showed. BTW, I knew you were a lady by your critiques of her. No guy would make those kind of critiques about her hair, clothes and makeup... : )
Streep always dresses in big bulky things that just make her look bigger. They seem to often have a western, hippy or jypsy theme or something. Can’t figure it out.
Her hair is usually hanging in strings.
She looked so pretty and sophisticated in ‘Prada’.
Looks like she would have looked at what they did with her in that movie and learned something.
She is a great actress, but I won’t be seeing her hit piece on Thatcher.
Thanks for answering my question. :)
It actually wasn’t a hit-piece on Thatcher. It shows her triumphs, when everybody loved her, as well as the moments when the Brits hated her (mostly thanks to the left-wing press). In general, I thought it was a personal story, and it didn’t focus on her policies. However, it had some great scenes with the young Maggie putting down the old-boys-network with a few witty, Reaganesque phrases, and does show her as a grocer’s daughter who is always reminded that the privileged class (most of them lefties) think she’s a freak and wish that she’d go back to the grocery store.
Mostly the story focused on how her public life impacted her relationship with various family members, particularly her husband (and I thought their relationship was very true to life and touching, particularly her anger at him for dying and leaving her, since this is something I saw with my own mother).
What I heard is the movie shows Thatcher looking back at her policy decisions in regret. Thatcher would never regret.
"Meryl Streep should probably get an Oscar for an amazing portrayal (but) there was too much of a concentration on Lady Thatcher's dementia and not enough on her life story, her achievements," Conservative lawmaker Louise Mensch told Reuters.
One-time Thatcher rival Michael Heseltine, who once challenged her for the Conservative leadership, took a similar view. "I think Mrs. Thatcher was a formidable prime minister and to produce a film in her later stages of life depicting the problems of advanced old age, I find extremely distasteful," he told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper.
But her failure to mention Baroness Thatcher riled Lord Tebbit, a close ally of the 86-year-old throughout her time leading the country. He told The Sun: 'I'm not at all surprised she didn't mention her. "The film was about Meryl Streep, not Lady Thatcher. If Margaret Thatcher had been like the woman portrayed by Meryl Streep, she wouldn't have lasted six months as Prime Minister."
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