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Meryl Streep earned her 18th Oscar nomination today, for lead actress in “August: Osage County.” She’s only won three times, however, for “Kramer vs.Kramer” (1979-Supporting), “Sophie’s Choice (1982-Lead), and “The Iron Lady” (2011–lead). She has not won “at least half as many times as she’s been nominated” as someone on CNN said today.

One of her wins and many of her nominations, including this one, have been with Harvey Weinstein. And this one will not be the last. Next Christmas, Streep co-stars with Jeff Bridges in “The Giver,” based on the best seller. It’s a TWC movie again. A nomination is never a cinch, but it’s a good bet.

This week she and Harvey are talking about their next film after that, called “The Senator’s Wife.” That should come in 2016. But also this Christmas, Streep is featured in the movie version of “Into the Woods.”

Is she really that good? In a word, yes. She is virtually flawless when it comes to approaching roles. This doesn’t mean that other actresses in her age group aren’t as good. Glenn Close and Susan Sarandon are her equals in many ways. Jessica Lange is always a knockout. But Streep has something particular that gives her an edge. She is to her age group what Jane Fonda was to hers, Cate Blanchett is to the next one.

Not only that: she’s a real person, an absolute pleasure.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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