Meryl Streep is a woman of many talents — see also her 20 Oscar nominations, and counting — but handling a quiz, even when it’s about said nominations, isn’t one of them.
During Streep’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night to promote her latest film, The Post (for which she’s likely to earn a 21st nomination come Jan. 23), host Jimmy Kimmel, who’s also emceeing the Academy Awards on March 4, challenged her: “In 60 seconds, how many of those 20 movies for which you were nominated for an Academy Award are you able to name? And if you name them, I’ll give you this bonus Oscar.”
After a momentarily confused start, Streep began listing The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Kramer vs. Kramer, Silkwood, and Sophie’s Choice, but after that — with still 39 seconds on the clock — she was stumped.
“See I can’t remember last Thursday, I can remember the olden days,” she insisted before naming Out of Africa and Cry in the Dark.
Only Streep wasn’t nominated for Cry in the Dark. “WHY?! Why was I not?”
Finally, Kimmel tried to help Streep and asked if she remembered her first nomination. She clearly didn’t. “I thought that was The French Lieutenant’s Woman.” Oy.
For the record, here are the 20 films for which Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award, with her three wins in bold:
The Deer Hunter
Kramer vs. Kramer
The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Out of Africa
Postcards from the Edge
The Bridges of Madison County
One True Thing
Music of the Heart
The Devil Wears Prada
Julie & Julia
The Iron Lady
August: Osage County
Into the Woods
Florence Foster Jenkins