How many times has meryl streep won an oscar?

Has Meryl Streep Won an Oscar?

Meryl Streep is one of the most well-known women in Hollywood. She’s been in classics like The Bridges of Madison County, The Devil Wears Prada, and most recently, the drama series, Big Little Lies. Since she is such a respected figure in Hollywood, she must have a bunch of Oscars to her name, right? It turns out the answer is a little more complicated than that.

Meryl Streep’s Academy Awards

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This year, Streep broke her own record, after she received her 21st Oscar nomination for her role as Katherine Graham in The Post. After she heard the news, Streep commented: “I am honored beyond measure by this nomination for a film I love, a film that stands in defense of press freedom, and inclusion of women’s voices in the movement of history- proud of the film, and all her filmmakers. Thank you from a full heart.”

Streep must be somewhat used to coming up with these kinds of reaction comments by now though, considering how many times she’s been nominated. What she doesn’t have down, is an acceptance speech.

Meryl Streep has only won 3 Oscars

Unfortunately, just like 17 times before, Streep did not take home the award. In fact, out of all 21 Academy Award nominations, Streep has only won the award three times during her career.

Her first nomination was in 1979 for her appearance in The Deer Hunter. Since that time, she has been a regular at the awards show, and a regular on the screen, completing at least 65 movies in the four decades that she’s been acting. If anyone could be crowned The Queen of Hollywood, Streep would certainly be a contender. So, why hasn’t she won more Academy Awards?

That’s a question no one really knows the answer to. There’s no doubt she has the amazing acting ability. Twenty-one Oscar nominations are nothing to take lightly. Yet, almost every year, Streep sits in the audience and claps politely while someone else takes the award.

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The good news is, even if Streep doesn’t have a shelf full of Oscars, she does have a happy life. At the age of 70, after many years in Hollywood, and surrounded by the always temporary marriages of her co-workers, Streep has one of the longest relationships in the industry. For over 40 years, Streep has been married to artist, Don Gummer.

They met in 1978 when Gummer lent her his apartment because her life had fallen apart. Streep had previously been in a relationship with actor John Cazale. She had been head over heels for Cazale. They moved in together and were talking about marriage when he was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer.

Streep stayed by his side, nursing Cazale, until his death in 1978. When he passed, she was heartbroken. She couldn’t bear to stay in the apartment she had shared with Cazale, and that’s how she met Gummer.

Although she never got over Cazale’s passing, eventually, Gummer and Streep fell in love. Streep said: “I haven’t got over John’s death, but I’ve got to go on living and Don has showed me how to do that.” Now, over forty years later, the couple is still very happy.

Streep is practically the center of Hollywood. She has so much respect, and experience, that younger stars are often intimidated by her, and yet, she has a very un-Hollywood marriage. Perhaps that makes up for all the years she has sat in the audience at the Oscars, waiting to see if that year will be one of the very few times she actually gets to take an award home.

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Meryl Streep Movies

‘The Deer Hunter,’ ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’

Streep broke into films in the 1970s with a role in the 1977 drama Julia. The next year she appeared in The Deer Hunter opposite Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Also in 1978, she won her first Primetime Emmy for her role in the film Holocaust. In 1979, her portrayal of a woman who abandons her family only to come back and fight for custody of her son in Kramer vs. Kramer brought Streep her first Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actress.

‘Sophie’s Choice,’ ‘Out of Africa’

A chameleon onscreen, Streep spent much of the 1980s submerged in a variety of roles. In Sophie’s Choice (1982), she convincingly played a Polish woman traumatized by her experiences during the Holocaust. Streep won her second Academy Award—her first for best actress—for her work on the film. In Out of Africa (1985), she took on the role of a Danish plantation owner living in Kenya. The role earned her another Academy Award nomination.

‘Postcards from the Edge,’ ‘The Bridges of Madison County’

As she reached her 40s, Streep continued to find challenging roles — a feat many mature actresses have struggled with in Hollywood. She received an Academy Award nomination for her work in several films, including two big-screen adaptations — one of Carrie Fisher’s novel Postcards from the Edge (1990) and the other of Robert James Waller’s romantic drama The Bridges of Madison County (1995), in which she starred opposite Clint Eastwood. Streep also received an Oscar nod for her work in Music of the Heart (1999), which tells the true story of a teacher who brings music into the lives of kids in New York’s Harlem neighborhood by teaching them how to play the violin.

‘The Hours,’ ‘Adaptation’

By the start of the new millennium, Streep was as busy as ever. In 2002, she appeared in two critically acclaimed films: The Hours and Adaptation. Streep was then nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of author Susan Orlean in Adaptation. The following year, Streep lit up the small screen in the television adaptation of the award-winning play Angels in America. She won her second Emmy Award for her work on the program, which had her tackling several roles.

‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

Streep got a chance to show some of her comic skills as a villain in the political thriller The Manchurian Candidate (2004). Continuing to explore lighthearted fare, she starred in Prime (2005), a romantic comedy with Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg. Streep played psychoanalyst Lisa Metzger, whose client falls in love with her son. She also played the inimitable magazine editor Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), for which she earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for best actress.

‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ ‘Mamma Mia!’

That same year, she was cast as country music singer Yolanda Johnson in Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion, and she again showed off her vocal abilities as Donna in the film adaptation of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! (2008). Streep later reprised her role in the sequel: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018).


Returning to more serious work, Streep appeared in the 2008 film Doubt, which addresses sexual abuse in the Catholic church. She played a nun who becomes suspicious of a priest’s behavior (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) toward a young student. Streep yet again earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nods.

‘Julie & Julia’

In 2009, Streep took on one of the culinary world’s most beloved figures, Julia Child. She played the famous chef in the film Julie & Julia, based on the bestselling nonfiction book of the same title. For this role, she won the Golden Globe Award for lead actress in a comedy or musical and received an Academy Award nomination. She then starred in Nancy Meyers’ romantic comedy It’s Complicated, with co-stars Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, which earned her another Golden Globe nod.

‘The Iron Lady’

Streep received widespread acclaim for her work in 2011’s The Iron Lady. She portrayed former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, a dynamic and forceful politician who was both admired by some and detested by others. While Thatcher was called cold and unfeeling, Streep believed that Thatcher “was canny about the fact that in order to be taken seriously, she wasn’t able to show certain emotions because she was a woman.” Streep’s thoughtful and nuanced performance as Thatcher garnered her several awards, including a Golden Globe.

The Iron Lady also brought Streep her third Academy Award in 2012. In her acceptance speech, the gifted performer seemed to be especially modest and self-effacing. “When they called my name, I had this feeling that I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh no! Oh come on, why her? Again!'”

Commenting on her last Academy Award victory, “I was a kid when I won this, like, 30 years ago. Two of the nominees were not even conceived,” Streep explained. While she may be an industry veteran, the Academy Awards still have a special meaning to this legendary star. “I thought I was so old and jaded, but they call your name and you just go into a sort of white light,” Streep said later.

‘August: Osage County,’ ‘Into the Woods’

The following year Streep starred in the volatile family drama August: Osage County, earning yet another Oscar nomination, and 2014 saw the actress taking the lead in the dystopic sci-fi film The Giver. Later that year Streep was also featured as a witch in the screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, for which she earned additional Golden Globe and Oscar nods.


In 2015, Streep starred opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer in the Jonathan Demme and Diablo Cody film Ricki and the Flash, playing an aging rock star who returns home to reconcile with her family. Later that year she portrayed real-world British voting activist Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette. In 2016, she received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of 1940s New York heiress Florence Foster Jenkins in the film by the same name, and a Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes.

Political Speech at the Golden Globes

During her acceptance speech, Streep warned against intolerance and disrespect and, without naming him, criticized President-elect Donald Trump for his campaign rhetoric and a 2015 incident where he appeared to mock a disabled New York Times reporter. She went on to speak about the importance of a “principled press to hold power to account” and the need to support journalists to help “safeguard the truth.” She ended her acceptance speech quoting her recently deceased friend Carrie Fisher: “As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art.”

‘Florence Foster Jenkins,’ ‘The Post’

In January 2017, Streep garnered a record 20th Academy Award nomination, for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins. Later that year, Streep took on the role of the Washington Post’s first female publisher, Kay Graham, in Steven Spielberg’s The Post, a movie about the paper’s attempts to publish the Pentagon Papers—a political cover-up about the Vietnam War. The film paired Streep and Tom Hanks together on the big screen for the first time, leading Golden Globe nominations for both of them and another Oscar nod for Streep.

The role also earned the actress the opportunity to speak at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Awards in November. During the event, Streep recalled two incidents in her life involving physical violence — one of which involved chasing off a mugger with Cher — and thanked women reporters for helping to bring forth the recent influx of stories from victims of sexual harassment.

“Thank you, you intrepid, underpaid, over-extended, trolled, and un-extolled, young and old, battered and bold, bought and sold, hyper-alert crack-caffeine fiends,” she said. “You’re ambitious, contrarian, fiery, dogged and determined bulls–t detectives. … And I, on behalf of a grateful nation, thank you.”

‘Big Little Lies’

In January 2018, it was announced that Streep would join season 2 of the already star-studded TV series Big Little Lies. The decorated actress was tapped to play Mary Louise Wright — mother of Alexander Skarsgard’s Perry Wright — who shows up to town looking for answers in the wake of her son’s death. Streep made her season 2 debut with the rest of the Big Little Lies cast on June 9, 2019.

‘The Laundromat,’ ‘Little Women’

Following her detour to cable TV, Streep returned to the big screen with Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat (2019), a comedy-drama based on Jake Bernstein’s reporting of the secretive financial transactions and offshore tax havens of celebrities and world leaders that were revealed in the Panama Papers leak of 2016. Later that year, she played Aunt March in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women.

Harvey Weinstein Controversy

In December 2017, Streep came under fire from actress Rose McGowan, who accused the Oscar winner of being complicit in the cover-up of producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexually abusive behavior. Additionally, McGowan derided the planned “silent protest” in which Streep and other prominent actresses would wear all black to the upcoming Golden Globes.

Streep responded with a statement in which she insisted she had no idea of Weinstein’s behavior. “Not every actor, actress, and director who made films that H.W. distributed knew he abused women, or that he raped Rose in the ’90s, other women before and others after, until they told us,” she said. “I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe: a status quo that wants so badly to return to the bad old days, the old ways where women were used, abused and refused entry into the decision-making, top levels of the industry.”



As of 2018, Streep has been nominated for a record-breaking 21 Oscars and has won three for: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) under Best Supporting Actress and Sophie’s Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011) under Best Actress.

Barely a year goes by when Meryl Streep is not nominated for an Oscar (Picture: Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Meryl Streep is so popular with the Academy it should be illegal.

The 68-year-old’s remarkable ability to get nominated for an Oscar is beyond compare – and even her amazing three wins seem dwarfed by the sheer heft of her nods.

With the Hollywood tour de force set to hit the runway tonight for the 2019 Oscars, we look at how many times has Meryl been nominated for an Academy Award and ask; is she the most-nominated actor of all time?

Meryl has landed her 21st nomination for her role in The Post (Picture: 20th Century Fox)

Astonishingly, The Post, for which she was nominated for Best Actress last year, furnished Meryl with her 21st nomination.

When the nomination was announced, Meryl beat her own record – meaning yes, she is the most-nominated actor of all time by a country mile.

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She’s light years ahead of the two actors in second place – the late Katharine Hepburn and 80-year-old Jack Nicholson, who have a dozen each.

Over a period of 39 years, Meryl has won three Oscars out of 20. Those wins were for…

1. Kramer Vs Kramer (1979)

The actress first won big for her role in Kramer Vs Kramer (Picture: Giphy)

2. Sophie’s Choice (1982)

The second Streep win was for Sophie’s Choice (Picture: Giphy)

3. The Iron Lady (2011)

Meryl’s third win was for The Iron Lady (Picture: Giphy)

Among the many movies featuring Streep performances considered worthy of nomination are The Deer Hunter, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Devil Wears Prada and Doubt.

Check out the full list of Streep’s nods and wins below.

Meryl Streep’s 21 Oscar nominations

1978: The Deer Hunter Nominated

1979: Kramer vs. Kramer Won

1981: The French Lieutenant’s Woman Nominated

1982: Sophie’s Choice Won

1983: Silkwood Nominated

1985: Out of Africa Nominated

1987: Ironweed Nominated

1988: A Cry in the Dark Nominated

1990: Postcards from the Edge Nominated

1995: The Bridges of Madison County Nominated

1998: One True Thing Nominated

1999: Music of the Heart Nominated

2002: Adaptation Nominated

2006: The Devil Wears Prada Nominated

2008: Doubt Nominated

2009: Julie & Julia Nominated

2011: The Iron Lady Won

2013: August: Osage County Nominated

2014: Into the Woods Nominated

2016: Florence Foster Jenkins Nominated

2017: The Post Nominated

Last year Meryl was up against Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird, Margot Robbie in I, Tonya, and Sally Hawkins in The Shape Of Water. McDormand took home the gong.

Once Meryl bags her next one – which she surely will – she will sit side by side with Katherine Hepburn who is the only actress to win four Oscars

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Streep’s success is a marvelous thing, but it might not sit so well with the many film-making talents who have been dealt multiple painful snubs, sometimes in the double figures, without a single win.

Catch this year’s Oscars from 10pm on Sunday 24 February on Sky Cinema.

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  • Meryl Streep has become a grandma for the first time after her daughter, Mamie Gummer, welcomed a baby boy.
  • The name and photos of the newborn have not been shared yet.
  • Gummer is the second of Streep’s four children with husband Don Gummer.

Update, 3/1:

Meryl Streep is officially a grandmother! Her daughter, Mamie Gummer, welcomed her first child, a baby boy, Us Weekly reports. There’s no word on the newborn’s name yet, and no photos of him have been shared publicly so far.

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Meryl Streep is about to take on a new role: being a grandma. The actress’ daughter, Mamie Gummer, is pregnant with her first child, her rep confirmed to Us Weekly. This will be Streep’s first grandchild.

Mamie, 35, is the second of Streep’s four children with husband Don Gummer; her siblings are Henry Wolfe Gummer, 33, Grace Gummer, 32, and Louisa Gummer, 27, according to Us.

Gummer and Streep in 2015. Brent N. ClarkeGetty Images

The mom-to-be became engaged to producer Mehar Sethi in August, Us adds. She was previously married to actor Benjamin Walker but split in 2013 after two years of marriage, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gummer at the ’Mary Queen of Scots’ premiere on December 4. Michael LoccisanoGetty Images

Although this will Streep’s first time being a grandmother in real life, she’ll soon play a grandma (albeit a very intimidating one) in Big Little Lies Season 2. She’ll portrait Mary Louise Wright, mother to the late Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard) and mother-in-law to Celeste (Nicole Kidman).

Streep actually approached Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, who both star in and produce BLL, to be on the show after it won a Golden Globe for Best Limited Series. “She goes, ‘I suppose now I have to join you.’ And we were like, ‘What?’ The two of us were just shocked,” Kidman told Variety. (If Big Grandma Energy didn’t exist before, Meryl Streep just created it.)

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As for what Meryl is like as a mom IRL, Mamie Gummer can attest. “Well, I’ve been watching her my whole life,” the actress told The Telegraph in 2015, while promoting her film with Streep, Ricki and the Flash. “Not just how she act—if she has a secret to her success, she hasn’t passed that on—but how she behaves and interacts with the world; like any kid does with a parent.”

Meryl Streep performed Carrie Fisher’s favourite song, Happy Days Are Here Again, at the late actress’ memorial service yesterday.

“By the end,” says the family friend, “Everyone was singing.”

The memorial was held at Fisher’s Beverly Hills home, where the actress often held parties and entertained, reports People. The 125 guests in attendance included family and friends, including Penny Marshall, Meg Ryan, Richard Dreyfuss, Candice Bergen, George Lucas and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Eulogies were given by the actress’ daughter, Billie Lourd, 24, as well as Stephen Fry and Streep.

“All the tributes circled back to Billie and how much Carrie loved her,” says the friend.

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In keeping with the food offered at Fisher’s much-loved casual, starry parties, guests were served fried chicken, collard greens, and cornbread.

“The only things missing were Carrie and Debbie,” says the friend, who attended many parties at the house. “Debbie would sit in the corner, and everyone there would come up and pay homage. Even the biggest stars were starstruck by her. Carrie would walk around barefoot with a can of Coca-Cola, making sure everyone was having a good time, saying the funniest things you’ve ever heard.”

A funeral service for Fisher’s mother, screen icon Debbie Reynolds, will he held today at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in LA. She will be buried with some of her daughter’s ashes.

Meryl Streep Performed Carrie Fisher’s Favorite Song At The Actress’ Star-Studded Private Memorial

Carrie Fisher‘s loved ones delivered touching tributes at her private memorial.

On Thursday, A-listers, friends, and family visited the Star Wars alum’s Beverly Hills home for an intimate gathering, to remember her life in the wake of her untimely passing.

The late legend died just one day before her mother Debbie Reynolds also passed, and the two are slated to be buried together on Friday.

Related: Carrie & Debbie’s 911 Calls Revealed

A family friend told PEOPLE that Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, wanted the memorial to feel like one of the parties the When Harry Met Sally alum used to throw, saying:

“Billie wanted the people her mother loved to gather in that living room one last time.”

The insider explained that the Scream Queens alum delivered a eulogy in memory of her mother, adding that close friends Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman, Bruce Wagner, Stephen Fry, and Gavin de Becker also said a few words:

“All the tributes circled back to Billie and how much Carrie loved her.”

The confidante confessed that Meryl even performed Ms. Fisher’s favorite song, Happy Days Are Here Again, describing:

“By the end, everyone was singing.”

125 guests gathered to honor the 60-year-old, including stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Meg Ryan, Candice Bergen, Richard Dreyfuss, Buck Henry, and Penny Marshall.

E! News is also reporting that Taylor Lautner, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Alex Trebek were also there.

The actress’ brother Todd Fisher, half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, and ex Bryan Lourd joined in remembering their lost loved one.

The family friend told PEOPLE the A-list attendees were fed the same food Carrie provided when she hosted guests, including a menu of fried chicken, collard greens, and cornbread.

The source reflected on the gathering, saying:

“The only things missing were Carrie and Debbie. Debbie would sit in the corner, and everyone there would come up and pay homage. Even the biggest stars were starstruck by her. Carrie would walk around barefoot with a can of Coca-Cola, making sure everyone was having a good time, saying the funniest things you’ve ever heard.”

Rest in peace, Debbie and Carrie.

Meryl Streep Sang Carrie Fisher’s Favourite Song At Her Memorial

Family and friends of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who died within days of one-another at the end of last month, have gathered to remember the beloved mother and daughter at Fisher’s Beverly Hills home.

Fisher’s only daughter, 24-year-old actress Billie Lourd, sang her mother’s favourite song ‘Happy Days Are Here Again‘ along with Meryl Streep, who played a character based on Fisher in the 1990 film Postcards From The Edge.

“By the end,” a friend told People, “everyone was singing.”

Also in attendance were Fisher’s beloved French Bulldog Gary, close friends Candice Bergen, Gwyneth Paltrow and George Lucas, and Billie Lourd’s rumoured boyfriend Taylor Lautner.

According to a family friend, Billie wanted the gathering to be reminiscent of one of Fisher’s famous parties, so her friends could get together one last time to farewell her.

Fisher’s favourite foods – fried chicken, collard greens and cornbread – were served to the guests. “The only things missing were Carrie and Debbie,” said a friend, adding of the pair’s legendary parties:

“Debbie would sit in the corner, and everyone there would come up and pay homage. Even the biggest stars were starstruck by her. Carrie would walk around barefoot with a can of Coca-Cola, making sure everyone was having a good time, saying the funniest things you’ve ever heard.”

R.I.P., Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

Source: People.

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