Yesterday, Meryl attended the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Honoring of Christine Baranski. The evening featured appearances by Baranski’s friends and colleagues including her Good Wife costar Alan Cumming, Streep and Cherry Jones (who originated the role of Sister Aloysius in the Broadway production of “Doubt”) and many more. Pictures have been added to the photo gallery.
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.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elaine May will direct an American Masters documentary in tribute of her former comedy partner Mike Nichols to launch the 30th anniversary of the series on PBS. The documentary will feature A-list commentary from celebrities including Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and more. Julian Schlossberg conducted the celebrity interviews for the documentary which includes an exclusive interview with Nichols before he died on Nov. 19, 2014. “American Masters: Mike Nichols” will premiere Jan. 29, 2016 on PBS.
It may have been called the British Academy Britannia Awards, but Friday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel the show had a very American accent for its top awards which went to yanks Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford and Amy Schumer. Pictures from the ceremony have been added to the photo gallery with more information on the show and Meryl’s speech below the previews.
The show opened with the presentation of the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award For Excellence In Film to Meryl Streep. Perhaps aware she is currently playing a major historical British feminist in her Suffragette cameo Streep wasted no time in wryly noting the divide in the gender of past winners. “I am honored to receive this award given to a distinguished group of men and women…. Oh wait, men and men,” she said of the honor and irony of being the first woman to receive it. There was much made of the fact she has received many, many awards including this one, “the first she has gotten in five or six hours” as someone said. It is entirely appropiate as she has played many British roles and even won her third Oscar as one of the most famous Brits of all, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She also humbly acknowledged a long list of directors with whom she has worked. One of her most recent helmers, Stephen Frears presented the award for which Streep thanked the British Government for giving her ten work permits to make ten movies. “I started my career 40 years ago and if Stephen Frears does a good job with our new movie, it will not have ended,” she joked.
Academy Award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary, “Song of Lahore”, is gearing up for a star-studded opening in the US. According to a press release, the documentary’s New York and LA premieres will be hosted by Meryl Streep. Song of Lahore is set to release in the US this November with premieres in New York City on the 3rd of November, in San Francisco on the 6th and West Hollywood in Los Angeles on the 9th. The documentary is based on the acclaimed Sachal Studios and their journey to New York, made in collaboration with Andy Schocken. It focuses on the music community of Lahore, which until the late 1970s, was world-renowned for its music and talent. In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a space for traditional music in a nation that had rejected its musical roots. After convincing a number of master musicians to pick up their instruments again, they quietly released some classical and folk albums, but an experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments brought Sachal Studios worldwide acclaim. Many thanks to Frank and Marci for the heads-up.
As earlier reported, Meryl Streep has attended the Fashion Group International’s 2015 Night Of Stars event at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan to present Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz with the night’s Superstar Award. Lanvin has designed Meryl’s dress at the 2012 Academy Awards, when she won Best Actress for “The Iron Lady”. Pictures from the event have been added to the photo gallery. Edit: Lots of additional pictures have been posted.
Manhattan Theatre Club’s fall benefit will be in celebration of Tony and Emmy winner Christine Baranski. The November 2 event will attract a host of friends and colleagues including “Into the Woods” co-star Meryl Streep, Julianna Margulies, Alan Cumming and Nathan Lane. The evening will also feature appearances by Walter Bobbie, Cherry Jones, Rob Marshall, Paul Rudnick, Max von Essen and more. The benefit will take place at 583 Park Ave. Baranski, who is most recently known for playing Diane Lockhart on “The Good Wife, made her Broadway debut in the Tom Stoppard hit The Real Thing, is a longtime MTC collaborator and board member. All proceeds from the benefit will benefit MTC. For more information on the organization’s slate of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, visit their official website. Many thanks to Glenn for the heads-up.