The Golden Globe nominations are the talk of Tinsel Town today, but it’s not necessarily the awards themselves that people are focused on. Oftentimes, the Globes are an interesting indicator of what we might see at the bigger event — namely, the Academy Awards.
If this year’s Globes are any indication, then it’s safe to say that Meryl Streep is going to get some loving at next year’s Oscars. Streep had two starring roles this year in the forms of “It’s Complicated” and “Julie & Julia,” both of which are contending for the Best Musical or Comedy category. As a result, the actress’s biggest competition this year is herself, believe it or not.
At this year’s Globes, Streep will go head-to-head with herself in the Best Actress department for her separate performances as the lovelorn Jane in “It’s Complicated” and beloved cooking icon Julia Child in “Julie & Julia.” Streep already holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations for any single actor in history with an astonishing fifteen nods. She’s won twice before, once in 1979 for “Kramer vs. Kramer” and again in 1982 for “Sophie’s Choice.” Now, with the odds on her side at the Globes (and assuming these nominations might foretell future Oscar picks) it could be time for Streep’s hat-trick at the Academy Awards.
The obvious question is, of course, how does Streep keep getting these accolades? Given the actress’s well-established fan base consisting of mainstream moviegoers and cinematic contemporaries alike, it’s really not hard to see why — Streep is one of those rare performers who never plays herself and always creates a captivating character. Yes, even in “The River Wild.”
On top of that, she is a rare breed of work horse. According to her IMDB page, the actress has over twenty film credits to her name in the 2000s alone, 62 in total. When you work that much — especially when you have the talent to boot — fortune is bound to smile upon you.
Whether or not Streep makes an entry at the Oscars this year, her odds of winning at the Globes at least should be very good — but then again, I thought the same about Leonardo DiCaprio’s chances when he was nominated for “The Departed” and “Blood Diamond” in the same year. It could be a similar near-miss for Streep, but somehow I get the sense that even if she doesn’t win, the actress has reason enough to feel good about her work.
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