Meryl Streep, Queen of the Globes
Death, taxes, tweets from Donald Trump about “fake news,” and Meryl Streep landing among the Golden Globe Awards nominees: all things you can set your watch to. On Monday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Streep for the 32nd time — the most by any single actor in the 77-year history of the Golden Globes. Ahead, a look at Streep’s lengthy list of competition nominations (not counting her Cecile B. DeMille lifetime achievement award in 2017).
Best supporting actress: The Deer Hunter (1978)
Streep’s first Globes nomination came for her breakout film, Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter. The Oscar-winning feature also netted Streep a corresponding nomination in the best supporting actress category at the Academy Awards.
Best supporting actress: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Streep won her first Globe for playing Dustin Hoffman’s ex-wife — a performance that also won Streep her first Oscar.
Best actress, drama: The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
Streep won her first Golden Globe Award for lead actress thanks to the 1981 drama. She was also nominated (but lost) at the Oscars.
Best actress, drama: Sophie's Choice (1982)
Streep’s third Globes win in four years came for Sophie’s Choice. The legendary performance also won Streep her second Oscar (and first for lead actress).
Best actress, drama: Silkwood (1983)
Streep scored another best actress nomination, her third in a row, for Mike Nichols’ Silkwood. Broken record: the actress was also nominated for an Oscar.
Best actress, drama: Out of Africa (1985)
Ho-hum, another best actress nomination for Streep (another corresponding nomination at the Academy Awards).
Best actress, drama: A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Streep had to wait three whole years for a subsequent Golden Globe Award nomination, scoring a best actress nod for A Cry in the Dark. (She was also nominated at the Oscars.)
Best actress, comedy: She-Devil (1989)
Streep is a gifted comic actress, but she never was able to truly show her range until this 1989 Roseanne Barr comedy.
Best actress, comedy: Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Playing an onscreen avatar for writer Carrie Fisher, Streep mined great humor and pathos from this story of mother-daughter conflict and battles with addiction. As usual, the Globes honored Streep just before the Oscars, which nominated her for Best Actress.
Best actress, comedy: Death Becomes Her (1992)
The Meryl Streep comedy tour bore fruit once again, as she scored a best actress nomination for Robert Zemeckis’ high-concept comedy.
Best actress, drama: The River Wild (1994)
Meryl Streep, action star. Curtis Hanson’s widely entertaining thriller showed Streep in a new light — and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association rewarded her for the change of pace.
Best actress, drama: The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Streep scored opposite Clint Eastwood in this adaptation of the best-selling novel. (The performance also landed Streep another Oscar nomination.)
Best actress, drama: Marvin's Room (1996)
One of eight nominations Streep received during the 1990s.
Best actress in a TV movie or limited series: First Do No Harm (1997)
Streep’s first Globes nomination for a television performance.
Best actress, drama: One True Thing (1998)
Streep starred opposite Renee Zellweger in this moving drama based on the life of author Anna Quindlen.
Best actress, drama: Music of The Heart (1999)
Streep’s first Globes nomination for a Wes Craven film.
Best actress, drama: The Hours (2002)
One of Streep’s two Globes nominations in 2002…
Best supporting actress: Adaptation (2002)
Streep won at the Golden Globe Awards in 2003 for Adaptation, but she fell short at the Oscars (the win went to Chicago star Catherine Zeta-Jones instead).
Best actress in a TV movie or miniseries: Angels in America (2003)
Streep won her fifth Golden Globe Award (and first for a non-theatrical film) for Angels in America, the landmark HBO miniseries.
Best supporting actress: The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Streep chewed scenery like a pro in Jonathan Demme’s underrated remake.
Best actress, comedy: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
The role that turned Meryl Streep into a box office juggernaut landed the actress nominations from the Golden Globes and Oscars.
Best actress, comedy: Mamma Mia! (2008)
Hey, why not?
Best actress, drama: Doubt (2008)
Streep played an unflinching mother superior opposite Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and a scene-stealing Viola Davis.
Best actress, comedy: It's Complicated (2009)
It’s not that complicated: The Golden Globes love Meryl Streep.
Best actress, comedy: Julie & Julia (2009)
The same year Streep landed an unexpected nomination for It’s Complicated, she won in the comedy category for her sympathetic work as legendary chef Julia Child.
Best actress, drama: The Iron Lady (2011)
Streep won best actress at the Globes and Oscars for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Best actress, comedy: Hope Springs (2012)
Remember the movie where Streep played the wife of Tommy Lee Jones and they attend couples’ therapy with a psychiatrist played by Steve Carell? It exists and counts as one of Streep’s many Golden Globe nominations.
Best actress, comedy: August: Osage County (2013)
Nothing says comedy like Tracy Letts’ caustic play about a dysfunctional family and its abusive matriarch.
Best supporting actress: Into the Woods (2014)
Streep hams it up like a pro in Into the Woods, giving a delightful performance (while proving she can carry a tune).
Best actress, comedy: Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
This drama about the world’s worst singer provided Streep with her 30th nomination — and while she didn’t win during the 2017 Globes ceremony, Streep did get to give a speech…
Cecil B. DeMille Award (2016)
Streep used her speech to unload on President Donald Trump — without ever even mentioning Trump’s name. Naturally, the president took offense. “Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Best actress, drama: The Post (2017)
Streep stars as Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham in Steven Spielberg’s timely film about the Pentagon Papers and what happens when a fledgling authoritarian regime tries to limit freedom of the press.
Best supporting actress, series, limited series, motion picture made for TV: Big Little Lies (2019)
It’s not every day we see Streep in a television role. Then, again, it’s not every day we see the assemblage of Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley on the same screen. Streep appeared in the second season of Big Little Lies as Celeste’s (Kidman) mother-in-law, delivering an often meme-making performance and sparking a now-infamous mystery: Why did that ice-cream-throwing scene get cut?