According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBT civil rights organization is honoring Meryl Streep at its 2017 HRC Great New York Gala, to be held Feb. 11 at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. As THR continues, the achievement is overdue. The 19-time Oscar-nominated actress — arguably as iconic a gay screen icon as Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn and Judy Garland before her — has never before been given a major award for her contributions to LGBT culture and advancement. Streep’s resume features some of the most essential films in the gay cinematic canon, from bleak historical dramas (Sophie’s Choice, Silkwood) to rousing musicals (Mamma Mia!, Into the Woods) to darkly campy delights (the immensely quotable Death Becomes Her and The Devil Wears Prada). Off-screen, Streep has taken up the advancement of gay rights as a personal cause. She has described her multiple roles in Mike Nichols’ adaptation of the groundbreaking Tony Kushner play Angels in America (she played everything from accused spy Ethel Rosenberg to a male rabbi in the 2003 HBO miniseries) as among the most important work of her career for the way it humanized the AIDS crisis. Accepting her Golden Globe for the project in 2004, she spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage, then a mounting hot-button issue that led President George W. Bush, in his reelection campaign, to call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would ban it from ever being legalized. Closing her speech, Streep said that “too many people [wanting] to commit their lives to each other till death do us part” is far from the country’s biggest problem, drawing applause from attendees like Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. “Meryl Streep embodies the very nature of what it means to be an ally to our community,” says HRC President Chad Griffin, who will present Streep with the Ally for Equality Award, which recognizes “outstanding efforts of those who use their voice and publicly stand up for the LGBTQ community.” Many thanks to Frank for the heads-up.
Congratulations once again as Meryl has received a Best Actress Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, as well as a Best Actress Phoenix Film Critics Society nomination, for “Florence Foster Jenkins”. At the SAGs, Hugh Grant was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor. at the Phoenix Society, “Florence” racked up four nominations – for Best Picture, Actress, Supporting Actor and Best Costume Design. The Phoenix winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 20, 2015. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are handed out on January 29, 2017. This is Meryl Streep’s 16th SAG Award nominations, with acting categories and ensemble categories combined. She received her first nomination at the 1st annual awards for “The River Wild” in 1995 and her most recent nomination in 2015 for “Into the Woods”. Congratulations. Thanks to Frank for the Phoenix news.
Say hello to the record breaker Meryl Streep, who, this morning, has earned her 30th Golden Globe nomination – the most individual nominations of all time. She is nominated as Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy alongside Annette Bening (20th Century Woman), Lilly Collins (Rules Don’t Apply), Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen) and Emma Stone (La La Land). “Florence Foster Jenkins fared well at the Golden Globes with three more nominations as Best Picture Comedy or Musical as well as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations for Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg. Even if Meryl does not win in her competitive category, she will take the stage to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The 74th Golden Globe Awards are handed out on January 08, 2017.
Yesterday, Meryl Streep was named Best Actress in a Comedy for “Florence Foster Jenkins” at the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, “beating out” Kate Beckinsale, Sally Field, Kate McKinnon and Hailee Steinfeld. Her fellow “Florence Foster Jenkins” nominees didn’t fare as good – costume designer Consolata Boyle and supporting actor nominee Hugh Grant remained nominees. Meryl did not attend the ceremony so no pictures or videos. Many thanks to Frank for the heads-up.
Awards season is starting these days with the first groups of critics and award juries announcing their nominations and winners. Among the first are the Satellite Awards (who seem to nominate anyone who’s been mentioned a favorite in the awards communities) and the Critics Choice Awards (ditto). Meryl Streep has received nomination from both organizations for “Florence Foster Jenkins”. The Satellites have nominated Meryl as Actress in a Motion Picture and Hugh Grant as Best Supporting Actor. The Critics Choice Awards, which split their acting categories into Best Actress, Best Actress in an Action Movie and Best Actress in a Comedy has nominated Meryl in the latter category, with additional nominations for Hugh Grant (Best Actor in a Comedy) and Consolata Boyle (Best Costume Design). It’ll probably take until December 12’s Golden Globe nominations and the Screen Actors Guild nominations two days later until we find out if Meryl will be a bankable player in the Best Actress field this year. If not, we still have the Globes’ Lifetime Achievement Award to look forward to.
Awards season is slowly starting in Hollywood these days, and if you’ve put your money on Meryl Streep, I’m sure you didn’t have this honor in your cards. Streep and Jeffrey Kurland (Inception) will both take home trophies at the upcoming Costume Designers Guild Awards. The event, presented by Lacoste, is set to take place Feb. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Streep has been tapped for the distinguished collaborator award while Kurland, who counts more than 40 credits on his résumé, will be honored with the career achievement award. Of Streep and Kurland, CDG president Salvador Perez said, “As leaders of their respective crafts, their work has influenced and entertained us for decades and continues to do so. We are thrilled to be honoring them both this year.” With the distinguished collaborator honor, Streep joins a roster of honorees that includes Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Helen Mirren, Judd Apatow, Clint Eastwood, Rob Marshall, Jim Burrows and Lorne Michaels. Previous recipients of the career achievement award include Ellen Mirojnick, Julie Weiss, April Ferry, Eduardo Castro, Judianna Makovsky, Colleen Atwood, Sandy Powell and Ann Roth. In more predictable news, Meryl has received a nomination as Best Actress at the Satellite Awards. Many thanks to Frank for the heads-up.
Fantastic news today! Meryl Streep is guaranteed at least one big prize this year. She has been named the recipient of the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. The honor will be bestowed January 8 at the Globes, which Jimmy Fallon is hosting on NBC. Chosen by organizer Hollywood Foreign Press’ board of directors, DeMille award is given to a talented individual for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Denzel Washington was honored last year. Streep is only the third female recipient of the award since 2000, when Barbra Streisand won it. Jodie Foster was honored in 2013. Streep has won three Oscars among 19 nominations and 29 Golden Globe nominations. She has won eight Globes, the last in 2011 for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Nominations for the 74th annual Golden Globes are December 12.
“Suffragette” hasn’t been a major player in the 2016 awards season (fairly, it hasn’t played there at all with the exception of Carey Mulligan’s Critics Choice nomination). At least, the Women Film Critics Circle has been kind to Sarah Gavron’s film, naming it Best Movie about Women, Best Movie by a Woman, Best Actress, Best Ensemble (that’s one for Meryl), Best Female Images in a Movie, Courage in Filmmaking for Sarah Gavron, and their special Karen Morley Award for best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity.
Yesterday, Meryl Streep was among the celebrities to attended the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 7th Annual Governors Awards. Streep and Jane introduced the segment saluting Debbie Reynolds, with 25-plus charities benefitting from her philanthropy. The presented made particular note of the Thalians, which Reynolds has been spearheading in its work on mental health issues since the 1950s. They also pointed out her decades-long work at preserving Hollywood heritage, including her rescue of 3,500 movie costumes. Reynolds was unable to accept her Hersholt Humanitarian Award in person, so her granddaughter Billie Lourd made a brief and charming acceptance speech in her place. And an audio was played of Reynolds, sounding deeply moved in thanking the Academy board of governors for the honor. Pictures from the ceremony have been added to the photo gallery, alongside pictures from the “Song of Lahore” screening earlier this month, which I have added, but forgot to mention :-)
Meryl Streep has received a nomination as Favorite Movie Actress at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards. She shares the category with Anne Hathaway, Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson. This is Meryl’s 37th – yes, that’s right – nomination for the People’s Choice Award and has received ten awards, including a clean streak of winning Favorite Motion Picture Actress each year between 1984 and 1990, which is also the last time she has attended the ceremony. For a trip down the memory lane, have a look at her appearences in 1986 and 1990. The 2016 People’s Choice Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater L.A. Live on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on CBS.