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January 16, 2014 | By Chris Lee
In the best actress category, all five women nominated return as familiar faces to Oscar voters -- all having braved the Hollywood and Highland red carpet as Academy Awards nominees in years past, some hailed as winners. On Thursday, the academy chose to honor “American Hustle's” Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock for “Gravity,” Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine,” “Philomena” star Judi Dench and perennial Oscar favorite Meryl Streep for “August: Osage County.” PHOTOS: Oscars 2014 nominee reactions Reached at home Thursday morning, Bullock said she was preparing school lunch for her 4-year old son. The actress, who won a lead actress Oscar for 2009's “The Blind Side,” said she was not actively seeking movie roles when she was contacted by “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron to portray an astronaut struggling for survival after a disaster.
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February 20, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Meryl Streep will portray political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in the historical drama " Suffragette," extending the actress' string of real-life female roles including Julia Child in "Julie and Julia," Anna Wintour in "The Devil Wears Prada" and Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady. "  According to Screen Daily , Streep is in final negotiations to join the project and " will have a small but important role in the film, which will see her character give a 'tour de force' speech on women's rights during a political rally.
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February 11, 2009
Meryl Streep's (above) lead actress nomination for her "Doubt" performance made her the most nominated actress ever, with 15 nods (but only two Oscars). Still, the momentum is on Kate Winslet's side. She's emerging as the odds-on favorite to edge out Streep. So, after five previous years of going home empty-handed, Winslet could finally take away the Oscar. See what our Buzzmeter panel of experts thinks as the Oscar race finally reaches the home stretch at theenvelope.com/buzzmeter.
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January 27, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Meryl Streep can't help but hang out in starry company, it seems, but this time it wasn't at an awards show. The three-time Oscar winner found herself in the front row of the Knicks home game versus the Lakers on Sunday night, seated next to rapper 50 Cent. And Fiddy did the world a favor by chronicling parts of the evening on Instagram. The picture above has to be the best, with injured Laker Kobe Bryant, Streep and 50 Cent striking poses outside the locker room after the game.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 1990
In the Aug. 3 article, "Meryl Streep Attacks Hollywood Gender Gap at SAG Conference," the actress lashed out at the film industry for downplaying the importance of women on the screen and blamed Hollywood for the big-budget male films. Also, the story reported that the combined income of men doubled that of women. I can give Streep a good reason for all this: There isn't one female star with the drawing power of Hoffman, Gibson, Nicholson, Cruise, Willis, Schwarzenegger, Redford, Newman, Allen, Costner, De Niro, Stallone, etc., etc., etc. BILL STEIN Cambria
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 1986
Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh were beautiful, alluring people. Their considerable acting talents aside, Nicholson always looks like something the cat dragged in and Streep looked like she was beaten with an ugly stick in "Heartburn." BARBARA SCHRATWIESER Sherman Oaks
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1990
Oh, no--not another boring article about the complaints of women in the movie business (led by Streep). 1--Streep, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, got the highest salary paid to an actress--$3 million for "Out of Africa." 2--If "Batman" grosses half a billion dollars and if the current hit is "Jacob's Ladder," then maybe moviegoers want to see big-budget fantasies with spectacular effects. 3--Perhaps the war between men and women in the movie business is just part of the overall war between the sexes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 1987
What's all this fuss about actors getting fleeced by casting directors in cold reading workshops (Calendar Letters, March 15 and 22)?. It's not like real people with regular jobs getting cheated out of something important. Self-centered exhibitionists who get taken on the road to overpay and overexposure are hardly worthy objects of sympathy. When it comes right down to it, who really cares except other actors? Maybe the experience will thin the ranks of our endless plethora of Nicholson and Streep wanna-bees.
MAGAZINE
October 28, 1990
I applaud Meryl Streep's speaking up on women in the movie industry ("Meryl Acts Up," by Hilary De Vries, Sept. 9). I rarely go to the movies for the reason that movies like "Pretty Women" exist. They are insulting to my intelligence. It is the exception when a movie comes out that portrays a real woman, rather than a male fantasy. It is evident in Streep that strong, humorous and, above all, intelligent women exist. LOIS LYNN TURNER Soquel
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Chris Lee
In the best actress category, all five women nominated return as familiar faces to Oscar voters -- all having braved the Hollywood and Highland red carpet as Academy Awards nominees in years past, some hailed as winners. On Thursday, the academy chose to honor “American Hustle's” Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock for “Gravity,” Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine,” “Philomena” star Judi Dench and perennial Oscar favorite Meryl Streep for “August: Osage County.” PHOTOS: Oscars 2014 nominee reactions Reached at home Thursday morning, Bullock said she was preparing school lunch for her 4-year old son. The actress, who won a lead actress Oscar for 2009's “The Blind Side,” said she was not actively seeking movie roles when she was contacted by “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron to portray an astronaut struggling for survival after a disaster.
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January 9, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Meryl Streep is right. At some point in his storied career, Walt Disney belonged to an anti-Semitic group and surely was sexist -- or a "gender bigot," as she put it Tuesday when she presented a National Board of Review award to Emma Thompson for her work as the novelist P.L. Travers in the movie “Saving Mr. Banks.” (Thompson played opposite Tom Hanks' Disney, the creative visionary who desperately wanted to turn Travers' complicated heroine...
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January 8, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
One of the modern icons of moviedom called out one of Hollywood's historic heroes Tuesday, as Meryl Streep delivered a sharp rebuke to Walt Disney for alleged sexist and anti-Semitic views at the National Board of Review awards gala in New York. Streep was on hand to present an acting award to Emma Thompson for her portrayal of the prickly British author and "Mary Poppins" creator P.L. Travers in the new film "Saving Mr. Banks," which dramatizes Disney's efforts to persuade Travers to adapt her books into a musical.
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January 7, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Before portraying a dysfunctional Oklahoma family on screen in “August: Osage County,” the movie's actors learned to be a family first by sharing stories, meals and, sometimes, the same living quarters. At least that's how actress Margo Martindale explained it Sunday during a screening of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play-turned-film, directed by John Wells, which is up for two Golden Globe nominations and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. “You live in this toxic environment enough, it's not hard to sort of feel poisoned by it,” costar Meryl Streep said of the story and her portrayal of the family's pill-addicted, truth-spewing matriarch, Violet Weston.
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January 2, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
For the last several weeks, the Oscar race for lead actress felt fairly settled, with five familiar faces, each of them previous winners - Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Judi Dench ("Philomena"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County") - as the likely nominees. Then, on Friday, "August: Osage County" opened in Los Angeles and New York, more than three months after the flamboyant tale of family dysfunction premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, a bumpy debut that led to some subsequent tinkering that softened the movie's ending.
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December 27, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Oscar voting begins online Friday, though many Motion Picture Academy members who didn't register for online balloting received paper versions beginning late last week. Some diligent members have already made their selections and mailed them in. The timing isn't particularly good for anyone associated with "August: Osage County," which opened Friday in Los Angeles and New York to reviews not normally associated with an Oscar contender. A.O. Scott, writing in the New York Times, observed that the movie's plot, which includes adultery, divorce and incest, was "secondary to the spectacle the actors make of themselves.
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December 26, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"I'm just truth telling," says Meryl Streep's Violet, the gorgon mother at the center of "August: Osage County," and in that same spirit I have to confess that (a) I never saw this Pulitzer Prize-winning vehicle by Tracy Letts when it was on stage and (b) nothing about this film version makes me regret that choice. Despite a pedigree that includes five Tonys in addition to that Pulitzer and a cast of gifted actors that is a full dozen deep, "August: Osage County" does nothing but disappoint, with all the talent involved simply underlining how uninvolving this material is. If anything, the cinematic "August" feels related to that branch of reality TV where dysfunctional characters, whether active or passive, make a public display of their wretched lives.
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December 19, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
June Squibb, 84; Judi Dench, 79; Meryl Streep, 64; Oprah Winfrey, 59; Emma Thompson, 54; Sandra Bullock, 49; Julia Roberts, 46; Cate Blanchett, 44; Lupita Nyong'o, 30; Jennifer Lawrence, 23. These 10 actresses received either a leading or supporting nomination from the Screen Actors Guild last week for their fine work in 2013. Eight of them got a similar nod from the Golden Globes. Most will likely surface again when the Oscar nominations are announced in January. The numbers are there for a reason.
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