Meryl Streep denounces Oscar campaigns. Actress says elaborate efforts hurt the awards' credibility

By Brian Hiatt
March 18, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Meryl Streep: rlw/mg/Michael Germana UPI/NewsCom

Meryl Streep has won and been nominated for more than her share of Oscars, but she fears that increasingly elaborate campaigning is compromising the value of her two prizes. ”The whole campaigning thing seems kind of unseemly to me,” Streep, a Best Supporting Actress nominee this year, told Reuters. ”You can see why they all do it. But in a way it kind of destroys the integrity of the Academy Awards when they do that.”


”I hope the work stands on its own, but I fear, like in politics, money wins,” Streep told the wire service. With her 13th nomination this year for her ”Adaptation” role, Streep surpassed Katharine Hepburn as the most-nominated actress in Oscar history. She won best supporting actress for 1979’s ”Kramer vs. Kramer,” and best actress for 1982’s ”Sophie’s Choice.” In addition to awaiting another possible win, Streep is set to serve as a presenter for the first time Sunday night.