November 07, 2011

Meryl Streep Through Iron Lady For Winning Oscar

Meryl Streep is waiting until almost the last possible minute to jump into this year’s Oscar race.

Although many places list her Margaret Thatcher biopic, The Iron Lady as a Dec 16th release, The Weinstein Company has decided it is best to keep us waiting a little longer so the official opening date for the movie that co-stars Jim Broadbent and is directed by limited platform release with a wider break to come in January to cash in on those expected Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

Streep is expected to be a front runner for lead actress which would be her 14th nomination in that category and 17th overall (she has 3 in supporting) with two wins, the last coming in 1982 for Sophie’s Choice. The records she keeps breaking are her own. Although this is an impressive statistic Streep likes to remind people she has also lost more times than any other actor in Oscar history. Closest competitor for number of Best Actress nods is Katharine Hepburn who stopped at 12 (although Kate’s ahead in the actual gold count with 4 wins).

Will her portrayal of Thatcher bring her that elusive third Oscar? She has tough competition from potential nominees Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs, Charlize Theron in Young Adult , Viola Davis in The Help and Tilda Swinton in We Need To Talk About Kevin among others.

At research screenings Streep reportedly got the highest test numbers Harvey Weinstein has ever seen. Between Meryl and Michelle playing Margaret and Marilyn , Harvey is holding a hot hand in this year’s Best Actress contest.

Streep has also been announced as one of this year’s recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors which will be awarded on December 4th and air on CBS on December 27th, the same day Oscar nominating ballots are mailed. Timing is everything.

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