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Meryl Streep Photo: Best Actress Golden Globe Winner 2012

Meryl Streep Golden Globe winner
Meryl Streep, Golden Globe winner for The Iron Lady

Two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep poses with her (eighth) Golden Globe at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Streep won in the category of Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for her role in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, in which she plays former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Lloyd had previously collaborated with Streep on the musical blockbuster Mamma Mia!, co-starring Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, and Amanda Seyfried.

Meryl Streep has been nominated for a total of 26 Golden Globes. She has won eight times: Best Supporting Actress for Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), opposite Dustin Hoffman, Justin Henry, and Jane Alexander; Best Actress - Drama for Karel Reisz's The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), with Jeremy Irons; Best Actress - Drama for Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice (1982), with Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol; and Best Supporting Actress for Spike Jonze's Adaptation (2002), with Chris Cooper and Nicolas Cage.

Also: Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Mike Nichols' Angels in America (2003), with Al Pacino, Mary-Louise Parker, and Emma Thompson; Best Actress - Comedy or Musical for David Frankel's box office hit The Devil Wears Prada (2006), with Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci; Best Actress - Comedy or Musical for Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia (2009), with Amy Adams; and this year's The Iron Lady, which also features Jim Broadbent and Olivia Colman.

Streep's other Golden Globe nominations (in various categories) were for Nancy Meyers' It's Complicated, with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin; the aforementioned Mamma Mia!; John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, with Amy Adams, Viola Davis, and Philip Seymour Hoffman; and Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate, with Liev Schreiber and Denzel Washington.

Also: Stephen Daldry's The Hours, with Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, and Ed Harris; Wes Craven's Music of the Heart, with Angela Bassett, Aidan Quinn, and Gloria Estefan; Carl Franklin's One True Thing, with Renée Zellweger, William Hurt, and Tom Everett Scott; Jim Abrahams' television movie ...First Do No Harm, with Fred Ward; and Jerry Zaks' Marvin's Room, with Diane Keaton, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Hume Cronyn.

Plus: Clint Eastwood's The Bridges of Madison County, co-starring Eastwood; Curtis Hanson's The River Wild, with Kevin Bacon and David Strathairn; Robert Zemeckis' Death Becomes Her, with Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis; Mike Nichols' Postcards from the Edge, with Shirley MacLaine, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, and Dennis Quaid; and Susan Seidelman's She-Devil, with Roseanne and Ed Begley Jr.

And finally: Fred Schepisi's A Cry in the Dark, with Sam Neill; Sydney Pollack's Out of Africa, with Robert Redford and Klaus Maria Brandauer; Mike Nichols' Silkwood, with Kurt Russell and Cher; and Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, with Robert De Niro, John Cazale, and Christopher Walken.

Curiously, despite her 26 Golden Globe nominations – vs. "only" 16 Academy Awards nods – Streep was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for a performance that failed to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: her destitute woman opposite Jack Nicholson's disillusioned ex-family man in Hector Babenco's box office disaster Ironweed (1987).

Meryl Streep Photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA

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