Last night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards saw 17 times nominated Meryl Streep scoop the “Best Actress” gong for her chillingly uncanny performance as Margaret Thatcher in Harvey Weinstein’s The Iron Lady.
It was a fantastic night for Weinstein, with both his movies The Artist and The Iron Lady winning some of the night’s top awards, including “Best Picture” for The Artist – a silent movie, described as a ‘love letter to Old Hollywood’. Jean Dujardin, the star of the Micel Hazanavicius directed film also took home the award for “Best Actor”, making him the first French-man to win Hollywood’s most prestigious accolade.
However, the night belonged to Streep, who finally received the Oscar, thirty years after winning her first “Best Actress Award” for her portrayal of a Polish immigrant in Sophie’s Choice. Despite being the most nominated actress in the history of the Academy Awards, this is Streep’s third Oscar win, previously claiming the “Best Supporting Actress” award for her performance as Joanna in Kramer vs. Kramer.
Dressed in a gold lamé Lanvin gown, Meryl looked sensational as she accepted her award, saying that most Americans are probably thinking “Oh no, not her again”, but in classic Streep wit, retaliated with “whatever!” Thanking her husband Roy for giving her “everything we value most in our lives”, she also paid tribute to her colleagues and her friends both “departed and here”.
Meryl Streep has previously been nominated for Academy Awards for her performances in movies like Ironweed, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt and Julie & Julia. A typically gracious and humbled Streep acknowledged the friendships she has made throughout her “inexplicably wonderful career” and on stage last night, she admitted that this would probably be the last time she’ll be “up here again”.
Somehow, Ms. Streep, I doubt that!
Meryl, we bow down to you!