Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia poster

Meryl Streep and Amy Adams
Julie and Julia, originally uploaded by polkas75.

One of the most talented, respected and the finest movie actors of the modern era, Meryl Streep is nominated again for the Academy Awards this year. Will the 60-year-old actress make it again this year? Streep has received 16 Academy Award nominations (the record for the most Academy Award nominations) winning two, 25 Golden Globe nominations (record for the most nominated actress) winning seven, and won two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, four New York Film Critics Circle Awards, a BAFTA award, and an Australian Film Institute Award, among the major awards. She has won the most overall Golden Globe Awards when she won it for Julie & Julia in 2010.

Streep won both critical acclaim and commercial success with her roles in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), the former giving her first Oscar nomination and the latter her first Oscar Award (Best Supporting Actress). She later won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Sophie's Choice (1982).

Meryl Streep’s performance in the movie Julie & Julia has (2009) has already won for her Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, North Texas Film Critics Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (also for The Fantastic Mr. Fox), Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Satellite Award for Best Actress, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and she has tied with Sandra Bullock for Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress. The nominations she received for Julie & Julia include Academy Award for Best Actress, Alliance of Woman Journalists Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, St Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, and Washington DC Area Film Critics Association for Best Actress. In fact this is a mind-boggling statistics of awards and nominations any actor can think of!

Julie & Julia, the comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron, depicts events in the life of chef Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep) in the early years in her culinary career, contrasting her life with Julie Powell (Amy Adams), who aspires to cook all 524 recipes from Child's cookbook during a single year, a challenge she described on her popular blog that would make her a published author. Made on a budget of $40 million, the movie has already crossed gross revenue of over $119 million.

For this year’s Oscars, Streep has competition from Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) who has tied with her for Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education), and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious).

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