She pulled out a best actress nomination this year despite 'The Post' underperforming
Meryl Streep broke her own record for most acting Oscar nominations this year, earning her 21st for her leading role as Katharine Graham in The Post.
Streep was considered on the bubble in the competitive Best Actress category, besting Critics’ Choice nominee Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) and SAG nominee Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul) for the final slot despite missing key precursors nominations. She’s nominated alongside Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), all of whom were considered near-locks.
Streep was first nominated way back in 1979 for her supporting turn in The Deer Hunter, and won the very next year in the same category for Kramer vs. Kramer. She’s a two-time Best Actress winner, for Sophie’s Choice (1983) and The Iron Lady (2012), and is nominated in the category for the second consecutive year, making it in last year for the comedy Florence Foster Jenkins. (Overall, she has received acting nominations in six of eight years so far this decade.)
Streep received some of the best reviews of her career for her turn as Graham. Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Post tensely recounts the Washington Post‘s decision to publish The Pentagon Papers in defiance of the Nixon Administration and particularly hones in on the back-and-forth between Graham, the paper’s reluctant publisher, and its editor, Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks).
“I am honored beyond measure by this nomination for a film I love, a film that stands in defense of press freedom, and inclusion of women’s voices in the movement of history — proud of the film, and all her filmmakers,” Streep said after receiving her nomination for The Post. “Thank you from a full heart.”
Here are the 21 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