This was a tight one but in the end, at the 84th Academy Awards, Meryl Streep beat out Viola Davis to win her third Oscar. Streep had been nominated for 17 Oscars and is considered the most celebrated actress in Hollywood.
Streep was not so graceful about accepting the award saying,
“When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Ohhh, no, not her again'”
She then went on to thank her husband for all his love and support.
Streep was nominated for the Oscar for her role in the hit movie “The Iron Lady”. In “The Iron Lady” Streep played British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as she finished up her career in politics and went back into private life.
The last time Streep took home a statue was in 1983 for her role in “Sophie’s Choice.”. this one was as close as they come also. It was down to Streep and Davis and it was as much of a surprise to Meryl Streep as it was the rest of the world. The two, Streep and Davis, are close friends after appearing together in “Doubt”.
The two have been battling all year for awards. Streep won the Golden Globe and BAFTA award, but Davis grabbed Best Actress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. A lot of commentators though that the SAG award would give Davis the fast track to the Oscar.
In addition to Davis, the other actresses up for the Statue were Michelle Williams (“My Week With Marilyn”), Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) and Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs”).
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