Posted on February 24th, 2013 | Filed under Awards

The Academy Awards are taking place tonight and Meryl, alongside an array of celebrities, is announced to be a presenter. Her history with the Academy Awards is as long as her career itself, so let’s have a (long overdue) look at her previous appearances at the ceremonies from 1979 to 2012 in this most recently added flipbook. Feel free to discuss your favorite Oscar appearance – or gown – in the comments.

Additionally, if you want to impress your friends and fellow Oscar-watchers tonight with some must-know, unnecessary knowledge of Meryl’s Oscar history, have a look at this collection of bits:

The fact that Meryl has received 17 acting nominations sounds much already, but her films together have received a whopping 99 Academy Award nominations. Combined, her films have won 27 Academy Awards in various categories. Six of Meryl’s co-stars have won Oscars for their performances: Vanessa Redgrave (Julia), Jason Robards (Julia), Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter), Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer), Chris Cooper (Adaptation) and Nicole Kidman (The Hours). 16 of her co-stars have received nominations: Jane Fonda (Julia), Maximilian Schell (Julia), Robert De Niro (The Deer Hunter), Mariel Hemingway (Manhattan), Jane Alexander (Kramer vs. Kramer), Justin Henry (Kramer vs. Kramer), Cher (Silkwood), Klaus Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa), Jack Nicholson (Ironweed), Diane Keaton (Marvin’s Room), Nicolas Cage (Adaptation), Julianne Moore (The Hours), Ed Harris (The Hours), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt), Amy Adams (Doubt) and Viola Davis (Doubt).

Three of Meryl’s films have won the coveted Best Picture Oscar: The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer and Out of Africa. Two more films have been nominated in the Best Picture category: Julia and The Hours. An honorable mention goes to Fantastic Mr. Fox, which received a nomination Best Animated Feature. The film with the most Oscar wins is Out of Africa, winning seven and followed by Kramer vs. Kramer and The Deer Hunter, both winning five. Her career’s biggest “losing” films are The Hours, which only won one award out of nine nominations, Julia, winning three out of nine and followed by both The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Silkwood, losing each of their five nominations. The longest time span that Meryl went without being nominated is a mere four years – between 1991 and 1996. The only time Meryl didn’t attend the ceremony in a year in which she was nominated was 1991. This year she was nominated for Best Actress in “Postcards from the Edge”. The film’s song “I’m Checking Out”, which Meryl sang in the film, was nominated as well. Due to her pregnancy, Meryl skipped the ceremony. Singer Reba McEntire stepped in to perform “I’m Checking Out” at the Academy Awards. Unfortunately neither the song nor the performance won in their respective categories.

Be sure to find coverage of Meryl’s appearance tonight here on Simply Streep (in case she’s definately there, after canceled appearances at the Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards ;-)

  • Claudia Vanessa Sartori Telles de Souza Quaiotti – Brasil

    Sanna, I agree to you…
    Meryl is beatiful always!!!

  • Heather Burdett

    I don’t care what she wears, and I am pleased that she doesn’t get affected by all this fashion buzz although she knows she has to go along with it to a certain extent. She is just a beautiful person in every way.

  • Jane

    Such a fantastic flipbook! Thank you very much!
    All her nominated performances are of course Oscar-worthy but I think there are a few that really deserved a win:
    Silkwood (they probably just couldn’t give her another Oscar just after the last one), A Cry in the Dark (definitely! I totally agree!), Bridges (underrated performance in my opinion), One True Thing, and definitely Adaptation, I just loved her in that movie and I can’t even explain why it wowed my like that.
    Any other actress would probably have won for either of these performances, but Meryl just plays in her own league, and now that she got her deserved third Oscar there is no reason for bitterness.
    Concerning the dresses, my absolute favourites are the 2006 dress (she looked stunning in that one) and of course The Iron Lady. Gold really seems to be her lucky colour!
    I also like her look in 1984 (sweet yet classy) and her hairstyle in 1986.
    I didn’t like the Adaptation dress very much, the sleeves just looked odd, like they don’t belong to the dress, without them it would have been much better.
    And I don’t think the Prada dress was a statement, sometimes she just has weird taste in clothing, but she can’t be perfect at everything ;-)
    Also, I love that she just doesn’t care about this fuzz concening fashion, she seems to be comfortable in everything that she is waering and at this stage of her career she can wear whatever she pleases anyway.

    Looking forward to seeing her tonight! And I am also dreaming of a 4th Oscar for August Osage County, I don’t think her chances are too bad :-)

  • Tena

    1979: Gorgeous!!! I was already a HUGE fan with pictures of Meryl adorning the Walls of my Teenage Bedroom!
    1980: Gorgeous as always! Meryl won & I cried! and her “Kramer” Performance was Astonishing!
    1982: Meryl was Gorgeous & Don looks so Young! And “The French Lientenant’s Woman” is one of my Favorites!
    1983: Triumphant & Glowing in Lucky Gold! And of course I cried!
    1984: Gorgeous & Shimmering!
    1986: Gorgeous & Radiant! And “Out of Africa” ~ again, one of my Favorites!
    1988: Gorgeous & looking even Younger than Ever! And I LOVE her Pure Exuberance when Cher wins!
    1989: Gorgeous & Regal!
    1996: Gorgeous & Grand! And again her Genuine Excitement over Susan Sarandon’s win is Priceless!
    1999: Gorgeous once again in a Show Stopper Dress!
    2000: Gorgeous again & looking Younger & Younger!
    2003: Gorgeous in one of my Favorite Dresses! Although I loved her in “Adaptation” she has rarely touched me more than she did in “The Hours”, so for me a little melancholy. But on the plus side, “Chicago” is my 2nd Favorite Musical, right behind “Mamma Mia!” of course!
    2006: Gorgeous & Amazing in a Beautiful One-of-a-Kind Dress!
    2007: I can’t help it, but I Loved Meryl in this outfit! She’s Gorgeous & looking Younger than Ever & Very Stylish! The True Queen of Prada!
    2009: Gorgeous as Always and another Amazing Perfomance, this time in “Doubt”. I only wish she would’ve been nominated for her Completely Underrated Performance in “Mamma Mia!”!!
    2010: Gorgeous & proving once again that showing a little cleavage is Always one of Meryl’s Best Looks!
    2012: Gorgeous! Spectacular! And in the Lucky Gold! And what a Happy Surprise when She finally Won Again!!! I Laughed & Cried! It was a Wonderful Night!
    ~ Thanks for the Amazing Flipbook…..what a Fabulous way to relive the memories!!
    I Can’t Wait to see our Marvelous Meryl tonight!
    And wouldn’t it be fun if she hands Daniel Day-Lewis his Oscar tonight & next year he hands her her 4th for “August: Osage County”!!
    A Girl can Always Dream!

  • Sonja

    Yeah, what a fitting flipbook. ;)

    Let’s see…. I go by the date of the ceremonies.
    I truely think that Outfit” in 2007 was a sarcastic statement, like “No, I may play a fashionata, but I’m simply NOT a fashion doll!”.
    She had no chance in hell to win that year anyway.

    The dresses I didn’t like were in 1982, for her first best actress nom. She looked like a bridesmaid (which she actually was) and I did not like the dreses for her noms Silkwood, Out of Africa, Ironweed and Music of the Heart.

    The dress when she won for Sophie’s Choice is also not my choice, but it was gold and at least the colour fitted that evening. ;)

    The dresses for The deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer and One True Thing were acceptable. I didn’t like the colour for her Doubt-dress but the shape was fine. For J&J it was the other way round.

    I liked her Dress for Bridges of Madison County a lot, then comes the dress for her A Cry in the dark nom. You’re right. Frederick, she looked like a million in that outfit. Definitely one of my favorites is her dress for her Adaptation nom.
    Though nothing beats the sexyness that was the dress in 2006, where she presented the honory Oscar to Robert Altman. That dress was a killer!

    And yes, I actually like the colour AND the shape of her dress for The Iron Lady. She looked like a female Oscar and she took it home, finally.

    I’m curious what she’ll wear this night. 8)

  • Sanna

    Beautiful inside and out!

  • Saskia

    thankyou – i just KNEW you would do this flpbook :-).