Friday, May 24, 2024

Meryl Streep Scores 20th Oscar Nomination, But Amy Adams, Annette Bening Are Shut Out


The Oscar nominations were hardest in the Best Actress category this morning. Annette Bening and Amy Adams, who’d been on everyone’s lists and did tremendous work in “20th Century Women” and “Arrival” respectively, were shut out.

It seems like their spots went to Ruth Negga for “Loving,” and Meryl Streep, for “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

For Streep, this is her record breaking, historic 20th Oscar nomination. She started in 1979 with a nod for Best Supporting Actress in “The Deer Hunter.” The next year she won Best Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer.”  She won the Oscar in 1983 for Best Actress in “Sophie’s Choice.” What followed was 12 more nominations with no wins. Finally she won again in 2012 for “Iron Lady” playing Margaret Thatcher.

Streep’s artistic triumphs cannot be denied. It’s pretty hard to be a living legend, but she handles it with grace and humor, and an occasional martini. What’s really admirable about her is that she sees herself, rightly, as guiding light and a moral compass for Hollywood. Her speech at the Golden Globes was stunning and perfectly put. I expect we’ll see and hear a lot more of her activism in the years — or maybe months– to come.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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