2010-Julia & Julia (S. Bullock, The Blind Side)
2009-Doubt (K. Winslet, The Reader)
2003-(supporting)-Adaptation (C. Zeta-Jones, Chicago)
1999-One True Thing (G. Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love) (also nom: C. Blanchett, Elizabeth)
1991-Postcards from the Edge (K. Bates, Misery)
1988-Ironweed (Cher, Moonstruck)
1986-Out of Africa (G. Page, The Trip to Bountiful)
1984-Silkwood (S. MacLaine, Terms of Endearment)
1982-French Lt's Woman (K. Hepburn, On Golden Pond) (also nom: M. Mason, Only When I Laugh)
1979-(supporting)-The Deer Hunter (M. Smith, California Suite)
Other (please comment) (see list below)
Never! Each winner, or someone else, deserved her win over Meryl
I picked several, and some that were not listed(*).
Out of Africa- could be my most favorite Meryl movie
Adaptation (definitely wuzrobbed)
A cry in the dark*
One true thing (it was a pity that Paltrow won it)
The devil wears prada *
Julie and Julia (Meryl was the only one that kept me awake in parts of the movie; the rest put me to sleep)
I did not see Postcards from the edge and Ironweed.
I was surprised that she was not even nominated for the Hillary Clinton-like role (played by Angela Lansbury in the past): I am forgetting the movie title- need help.
No complaints about Winslett's win over Doubt, although Streep was good enough to win the SAG for that role.
No complaints about Music of the heart not winning. The movie was a box office failure.
She was great in The Manchurian Candidate. A lot of her losses are for excellent performances but I don't think she really deserved to win for a lot of the losses over other losers. Like Glenn Close for Dangerous Liaisons or Elizabeth Shue or Sharon Stone in 1995.
Frankly I'm surprised Streep was nominated for One True Thing -- not because she was anything less than her usual wonderful self, but I thought the movie was cookie-cutter and instantly forgettable. (That might have had something to do with a certain Ms. Zellwegger of course ...) I'm not normally a big Paltrow fan, but I did think she was great in SiL, and that movie at the time was more of an "Oscar" movie. So I'm not crying foul on that one.
I think her nomination for One True Thing made more sense than her nomination for Music of the Heart! Streep + Cancer was a good shot with the academy- and the move was seen as much better than Sarandon's Stepmom which may have helped Streep in a way.
I'm torn between Streep in Julie and Julia and Streep in Adaptation.
Her performance in Adaptation was one of the best performances of the 2000s and I absolutely loved the film. That said, CZJ was wonderful in Chicago even if it wasn't up to Streep's standards (though I would have given the Oscar to Emily Mortimer in Lovely and Amazing had she been nominated).
My vote for Julie and Julia was due to it being a pretty ho-hum year with Bullock winning for a performance that was far from impressive and not even nomination-worthy. Talk about lack of subtlety, depth, and simple-mindedness. I'm talking both of Bullock's performance and that hack of a film. I think it's one of those things that even the Bullock knew she didn't deserve which would explain her whole demeanor that night (well I'm sure it was really the fact that her husband was cheating on her and knowing the story was going to break out the next day).
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Has anyone lost more times than Meryl?
I don't think Gwyneth Paltrow should have won for Shakespeare in Love, but I don't think Streep should have won that year either. I think Streep has won when she has been truly phenomenal, and in other years she seems to have been nominated just because she is Streep.
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Without commenting on what Meryl should have won, I just want to say what a wonderful actress she is.
In Australia we were very impressed with Meryl's Aussie accent in Evil Angels (or Cry in the Dark as it was publicised in the US). It is a really hard accent for anyone not Australian to get. The only ones who I think have done it well were Meryl and Robert Downey Jnr.
When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.
Not sure if this applies, but interestingly, I could have totally seen a 2002 combo Streep nomination for "Adaptation" supporting and "The Hours" lead, but I guess they figured to push their efforts towards "Adaptation" supporting and give the supporting nod for "The Hours" to Julianne Moore and the lead to Nicole Kidman instead...
Kidman won because of a damn fake nose. Seriously, I am convinced that she won because she "transformed" into Virginia Wolfe except that the majority of the transformation was a prosthetic nose. Streep was amazing in her scenes, especially with her ex who was dying of AIDS. The Hours is my favorite movie of all time, I have seen it countless times. People think it is horribly boring (and I actually see why they would think so) but it just pulls me in, the dialogue is just perfect.
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