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Text by Allaoua MEZIANI

Latest update : 2009-02-23

Renowned Hollywood actress Meryl Streep received a record 15th nomination this year with “Doubt”. But in a familiar Oscar night replay, she watched as yet another actress – Kate Winslet – took the Best Actress award Sunday night.

Meryl Streep received her fifteenth Oscar nomination this year in the category of Best Actress, this time for her role in the film 'Doubt', directed by John Patrick Shanley. The American actress brings rigour and solemnity to the role of a principal in a conservative Catholic school in the 1960s.

So great is the respect Streep commands among her acting colleagues that, at the 1998 Oscars, when Gwyneth Paltrow won the Best Actress award, she as much as apologized to Streep, who had also been nominated that year for her role as a violin teacher in Wes Craven’s 'Music of the Heart'. Paltrow burst into tears; Streep was visibly moved.

Still in the running for an Oscar

is almost always in the running for an Oscar. Sunday night, in Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre, she just may win her second Best Actress Academy Award. Her first was in 1982, for her role as a Polish immigrant in 'Sophie’s Choice'.  Streep's talent became apparent once again in 'Kramer versus Kramer' in 1979, and the nominations followed one after the other.

Birthday Present?

Since 'Kramer versus Kramer' Streep has kept up a steady stream of film-work by appearing in such movies as 'Out of Africa' (1985), 'Bridges of Madison County' (1995), 'Adaptation' (2002), 'The Hours' (2002), 'The Devil Wears Prada' (2006), and now 'Doubt' – which brought her a fifteenth nomination.



Streep, who was born Mary Louise Streep and who entered the world of cinema opposite Jane Fonda in 'Julia' in 1977, will probably never equal Katherine Hepburn’s record – the most highly decorated actress in Hollywood history with four Oscars in the Best Actress category. But Streep is still the recordholder for the most nominations, with six Golden Globes and a total of 23 nominations. And in a world where an expensive haircut can take place over talent, she nonetheless continues to impress with her style and personality.

Perhaps the Academy will see fit to give her an Oscar this year - a nice milestone for her 60th year. Her birthday is June 22. She deserves it.


Date created : 2009-02-22