Simply Streep Flipbook: Style: Academy Awards
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    1979
    Meryl's first ever visit to the Academy Awards was in 1979, thanks to her first nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for "The Deer Hunter". The film scored big that night - out of nine nominations it won 5: Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Director (Michael Cimino) and the coveted Best Picture. The Best Supporting Actress Oscar that year went to Maggie Smith for "California Suite".
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    1980
    The next year proved to be a repeat for Meryl, enterting the Oscar race once again with a frontrunner film. And "Kramer vs. Kramer" did just as well, winning Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Benton), Best Writing, Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman) as well as Best Supporting Actress for Meryl Streep.
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    1982
    Meryl's first Best Actress nomination followed two years later for her double performance in Karel Reisz' "The French Lieutenant's Woman". Many had her odds on Streep after she won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award, alongside numerous critics awards, for her performance. But the Academy chose to honor Katharine Hepburn with a fourth Best Actress Oscar (a record still to be broken) for her performance in "On Golden Pond". But...
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    1983
    ...another chance for a Best Actress Oscar came as fast as the following year. In 1983, Meryl was once again the odds-favorite to win for her masterful performance in "Sophie's Choice". And so she did, winning her second Academy Award at 33 years old. Meryl, as you can see on the right, was sparkling in gold - maybe a lucky charm if you flip forward to 2012.
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    1984
    If you're wondering why we're already on the fifth page and still in the early 1980s, it's because the Academy nominated pretty much all of her performances back then. Rightfully so, because "Silkwood" was another masterful performance and a total immersion. However, the film's five nominations didn't win in any categories - the Best Actress Oscar went to Shirley MacLaine - who won her first and only Academy Award for "Terms of Endearment".
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    1986
    Once again, Meryl was the star of a frontrunner Oscar film - "Out of Africa" led the field in 1986 with 11 nominations. It won seven, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing and Best Music. Best Actress was unfortunately not among the winning categories - the award went to Geraldine Page's performance as a restless old woman in "The Trip to Bountiful".
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    1988
    Two years later, Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson were surprise nominees for "Ironweed" (surprising only because their performances had been shut out at other awards previously, but are nonetheless worthy). The Best Actress Oscar went to Meryl's "Silkwood" co-star and friend Cher (check out the video to see Meryl's outburst of joy when Cher wins) and was thanked by her in her speech.
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    1989
    Nomination number eight followed a year later for her riveting performance in "A Cry in the Dark" (which I personally think should have won her the Oscar). The Academy went with another riveting performance - Jodie Foster as a victim of rape in "The Accused". According to Entertainment Weekly, Meryl was so certain she wouldn't win that she spent a whopping 60 bucks on her outfit. Judging from the picture on the right, she still looks like a million.
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    1996
    Flash forward to 1996. Meryl skipped the Academy Awards in 1991 when she was nominated for "Postcards from the Edge" and made her next Oscar appearance in the mid-90s when she received a nomination for "The Bridges of Madison County". The Best Actress Oscar went to Susan Sarandon's career best performance in "Dead Man Walking".
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    1999
    Meryl scored a nomination as the cancer-stricken mother in "One True Thing". Sporting a beautiful Valentino gown, she "lost" in the Best Actress category to Gwyneth Paltrow's performance in "Shakespeare in Love", only to witness Gwyneth Paltrow's performance as most bawling Oscar winner in recent memory (that was before Halle Berry).
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    2000
    We enter the new millennium with nomination number twelve for "Music of the Heart". If critics ever said Meryl Streep would receive a nomination for everything, they might have "Music of the Heart" in mind - which is kind of unfair because both the film and performance were admirable. The Academy honored Hilary Swank as the transgendered teenager in "Boys Don't Cry". Swank later told Good Morning America that the only thing that could top her Oscar win would be "getting the opportunity to do a movie with Meryl Streep".
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    2003
    In 2003, Meryl was an odds-favorite once again for her performance in "Adaptation", for which she already won a Golden Globe. However, the Academy went with Catherine Zeta Jones' performance in "Chicago". At least they honored "Adaptation" with a Best Supporting Actor win for Chris Cooper who said that working with Meryl was "like making great... jazz". And while Streep's role in "The Hours" didn't make the final cut for a nomination, her co-star Nicole Kidman won Best Actress for playing Virginia Woolf.
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    2006
    It's been a rare case in Meryl's history at the Oscars that she actually attended a ceremony when not being nominated (which hasn't been that often on the other hand). The made an exception in 2006 when her "A Prairie Home Companion" director Robert Altman received the Lifetime Achievement Oscar for his astonishing career. Together with co-star Lily Tomlin, Streep gave the audience an impression of what to expect from "A Prairie Home Companion" (released three months after the broadcast).
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    2007
    I'm not sure what exactly happened in 2007 when Meryl was nominated for "The Devil Wears Prada" and showed up on the red carpet in, as you would expect, Prada. Is it possible that Prada hated the film? Did Anna Wintour approve? The dress didn't win her many favors - or any. We're still waiting for an explanation. Even Helen Mirren was better dressed as "The Queen", for which she won the Best Actress trophy that year.
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    2009
    Her choice of gown improved in 2009 with a nomination for "Doubt", wearing a much-praised Alberta Ferretti dress. In one of the rare Ocar cases, all lead actors from a film were nominated (Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis). On the downside, none of them won. The Best Actress Oscar was presented to Kate Winslet for "The Reader".
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    2010
    Nomination number 16 followed only a year later and Meryl was, once again, considered a possible winner for Best Actress for her performance as Julia Child in "Julie & Julia", alongside favorite Sandra Bullock. The Academy went with Bullock's performance in "The Blind Side". Meryl's dress was made by Chris March.
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    2012
    33 years after her first Ocar nomination for "The Deer Hunter", and 29 years after her last win for "Sophie's Choice", Meryl won her third Academy Award in 2012 for playing Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady". Streep's dress came all the way from London's Eco Age, a London-based nonprofit where Livia Firth, wife of Colin Firth, is creative director. Streep wore a custom-made Lanvin gown, the first eco-friendly design ever produced by the French fashion house.