The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth – whose Rush was completely shut out – made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John Well's August: Osage County. Streep's competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell's American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen Frears' Philomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson's absence from the Best Actress roster – for her performance in John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr. Banks – was quite a surprise.)
Now, this year marks Meryl Streep's 18th Academy Award nomination – her 15th as Best Actress. And that means Streep has broken the record for Academy Award nominations in the acting categories. The previous record holder was ... Meryl Streep, with 17 nods (1978-2011).
In fact, in the Academy Awards' acting categories Streep is not only the record-holding nominee, but she's also the record-holding loser – having failed to take home the golden statuette 14 times to date. Meryl Streep's three Oscar wins were as Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and as Best Actress for Sophie's Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011).
Meryl Streep Oscar nominations
Here are all 18 Meryl Streep Oscar nominations, in chronological order, including directors and co-stars, in addition to Streep's competitors. Note: All nominations are in the Best Actress category, unless otherwise noted.
- Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter (1978), with Robert De Niro, John Cazale, and Christopher Walken. Meryl Streep's fellow Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees: Penelope Milford for Coming Home, Maureen Stapleton for Interiors, Dyan Cannon for Heaven Can Wait, and winner Maggie Smith for California Suite.
- Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), with Dustin Hoffman, Jane Alexander, and Justin Henry. Meryl Streep's fellow Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees: fellow Kramer vs. Kramer player Alexander, Mariel Hemingway for Manhattan, Barbara Barrie for Breaking Away, and Candice Bergen for Starting Over.
- Karel Reisz's The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), with Jeremy Irons. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Marsha Mason for Only When I Laugh, Diane Keaton for Reds, Susan Sarandon for Atlantic City, and winner Katharine Hepburn for On Golden Pond.
- Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice (1982), with Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Debra Winger for An Officer and a Gentleman, Julie Andrews for Victor Victoria, Jessica Lange for Frances, Sissy Spacek for Missing.
- Mike Nichols' Silkwood (1983), with Kurt Russell and Cher. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Debra Winger for Terms of Endearment, Julie Walters for Educating Rita, Jane Alexander for Testament, and winner Shirley MacLaine for Terms of Endearment.
- Sydney Pollack's Out of Africa (1985), with Robert Redford and Klaus Maria Brandauer. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Jessica Lange for Sweet Dreams, Whoopi Goldberg for The Color Purple, Anne Bancroft for Agnes of God, and winner Geraldine Page for The Trip to Bountiful.
- Hector Babenco's Ironweed (1987), with Jack Nicholson, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, and Diane Venora. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Sally Kirkland for Anna, Glenn Close for Fatal Attraction, Holly Hunter for Broadcast News, and winner Cher for Moonstruck.
- Fred Schepisi's A Cry in the Dark (1988), with Sam Neill. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Glenn Close for Dangerous Liaisons, Melanie Griffith for Working Girl, Sigourney Weaver for Gorillas in the Mist, and winner Jodie Foster for The Accused.
- Mike Nichols' Postcards from the Edge (1990), in which Streep plays a fictionalized version of Star Wars' Carrie Fisher, opposite Shirley MacLaine as a fictionalized version of Singin' in the Rain's Debbie Reynolds, Fisher's real-life mother. Also in the cast: Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, and Richard Dreyfuss. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Joanne Woodward for Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Anjelica Huston for The Grifters, Julia Roberts for Pretty Woman, and winner Kathy Bates for Misery.
- Clint Eastwood's The Bridges of Madison County (1995), co-starring Eastwood. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Elisabeth Shue for Leaving Las Vegas, Sharon Stone for Casino, Emma Thompson for Sense and Sensibility, and winner Susan Sarandon for Dead Man Walking.
- Carl Franklin's One True Thing (1998), with Renée Zellweger, William Hurt, and Tom Everett Scott. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Fernanda Montenegro for Central Station, Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth, Emily Watson for Hilary and Jackie, and winner Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love.
- Wes Craven's Music of the Heart (1999), with Angela Bassett, Aidan Quinn, Gloria Estefan, and Cloris Leachman. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Annette Bening for American Beauty, Julianne Moore for The End of the Affair, Janet McTeer for Tumbleweeds, and winner Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry.
- Spike Jonze's Adaptation (2002), with Nicolas Cage, Chris Cooper, and Tilda Swinton. Meryl Streep's fellow Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees: Kathy Bates for About Schmidt, Queen Latifah for Chicago, Julianne Moore for The Hours, and winner Catherine Zeta-Jones for Chicago.
- David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada (2006), with Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Kate Winslet for Little Children, Penélope Cruz for Volver, Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal, and winner Helen Mirren for The Queen.
- John Patrick Shanley's Doubt (2008), with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married, Angelina Jolie for Changeling, Melissa Leo for Frozen River, and winner Kate Winslet for The Reader.
- Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia (2009), with Amy Adams. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Helen Mirren for The Last Station, Carey Mulligan for An Education, Gabourey Sidibe for Precious, and winner Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side.
- Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady (2011), with Jim Broadbent. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Viola Davis for The Help, Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn.
- John Well's August: Osage County, with Julia Roberts, Margo Martindale, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Julianne Nicholson, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Meryl Streep's fellow Oscar nominees: Sandra Bullock for Gravity, Judi Dench for Philomena, Amy Adams for American Hustle, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine.
Meryl Streep August: Osage County photo: The Weinstein Company.