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Meryl Streep: Multiple Best Actress Golden Globe Winner & Loser, Oscar Nod That Got Away

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Meryl Streep wins eighth Golden Globe

Two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep poses with her eighth Golden Globe at the 2012 Golden Globes ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 15, '12.

Streep won in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama category for her performance as British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady. Lloyd had previously collaborated with Streep on the musical blockbuster Mamma Mia!.

Meryl Streep Golden Globe wins

Beginning at the 1979 ceremony, Meryl Streep has been nominated for no less than 26 Golden Globes, in both the motion picture and television categories. Below are her eight wins, which include a two-decade gap between her third and fourth statuette.

  • Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).
    Dir.: Robert Benton.
    Cast: Dustin Hoffman. Jane Alexander. Justin Henry.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981).
    Dir.: Karel Reisz.
    Cast: Jeremy Irons.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Sophie's Choice (1982).
    Dir.: Alan J. Pakula.
    Cast: Kevin Kline. Peter MacNicol.
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Adaptation (2002).
    Dir.: Spike Jonze.
    Cast: Nicolas Cage. Chris Cooper. Tilda Swinton.
  • Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Angels in America (2003).
    Dir.: Mike Nichols.
    Cast: Al Pacino. Mary-Louise Parker. Emma Thompson.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
    Dir.: David Frankel.
    Cast: Anne Hathaway. Emily Blunt. Stanley Tucci. Simon Baker. Adrian Grenier.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia (2009).
    Dir.: Nora Ephron.
    Cast: Amy Adams. Stanley Tucci. Chris Messina.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for The Iron Lady (2011).
    Dir.: Phyllida Lloyd.
    Cast: Jim Broadbent. Olivia Colman. Iain Glen. Amanda Root. Anthony Head. Richard E. Grant.

Golden Globe nominations

Meryl Streep has been a Golden Globe “loser” 18 times. Below is the full list of her Golden Globe nominations:

  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for It's Complicated (2009).
    Dir.: Nancy Meyers.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Alec Baldwin. Steve Martin. John Krasinski. Lake Bell. Mary Kay Place. Rita Wilson. Alexandra Wentworth. Hunter Parrish.
    Winner: Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Mamma Mia! (2008).
    Dir.: Phyllida Lloyd.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Amanda Seyfried. Pierce Brosnan. Colin Firth. Dominic Cooper. Stellan Skarsgård. Julie Walters. Christine Baranski.
    Winner: Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Doubt (2008).
    Dir.: John Patrick Shanley.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Amy Adams. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Viola Davis.
    Winner: Kate Winslet for Revolutionary Road.
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for The Manchurian Candidate (2004).
    Dir.: Jonathan Demme.
    Cast: Denzel Washington. Liev Schreiber. Jon Voight. Bruno Ganz.
    Winner: Natalie Portman for Closer.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for The Hours (2002).
    Dir.: Stephen Daldry.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Nicole Kidman. Julianne Moore. Ed Harris. Toni Collette. Allison Janney. Claire Danes. Jeff Daniels. Stephen Dillane. Miranda Richardson. Eileen Atkins. John C. Reilly.
    Winner: Nicole Kidman for The Hours.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Music of the Heart (1999).
    Dir.: Wes Craven.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Angela Bassett. Aidan Quinn. Gloria Estefan. Cloris Leachman. Charlie Hofheimer. Kieran Culkin.
    Winner: Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for One True Thing (1998).
    Dir.: Carl Franklin.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Renée Zellweger. William Hurt. Tom Everett Scott
    Winner: Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth.
  • Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for …First Do No Harm (1997).
    Dir.: Jim Abrahams.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Fred Ward. Seth Adkins. Margo Martindale. Allison Janney.
    Winner: Alfre Woodard for Miss Evers' Boys.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Marvin's Room (1996).
    Dir.: Jerry Zaks.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Diane Keaton. Leonardo DiCaprio. Robert De Niro. Hume Cronyn. Gwen Verdon. Margo Martindale. Cynthia Nixon. Kelly Ripa. Dan Hedaya. Hal Scardino.
    Winner: Brenda Blethyn for Secrets & Lies.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for The Bridges of Madison County (1995).
    Dir.: Clint Eastwood.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Clint Eastwood. Annie Corley. Victor Slezak.
    Winner: Sharon Stone for Casino.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for The River Wild (1994).
    Dir.: Curtis Hanson.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. David Strathairn. Kevin Bacon. Joseph Mazzello. Stephanie Sawyer. Benjamin Bratt. John C. Reilly.
    Winner: Jessica Lange for Blue Sky.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Death Becomes Her (1992).
    Dir.: Robert Zemeckis.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Goldie Hawn. Bruce Willis. Isabella Rossellini.
    Winner: Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Postcards from the Edge (1990).
    Dir.: Mike Nichols.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Shirley MacLaine. Gene Hackman. Dennis Quaid. Richard Dreyfuss. Rob Reiner. Mary Wickes. Annette Bening. Simon Callow. CCH Pounder.
    Winner: Julia Roberts for Pretty Woman.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for She-Devil (1989).
    Dir.: Susan Seidelman.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Roseanne Barr. Ed Begley Jr. Linda Hunt. Sylvia Miles. A Martinez. Bryan Larkin. Elisebeth Peters. Maria Pitillo. Mary Louise Wilson. Deborah Rush.
    Winner: Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for A Cry in the Dark / Evil Angels (1988).
    Dir.: Fred Schepisi.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Sam Neill. John Howard. David Hoflin. Ian Gilmour. Tony Martin.
    Winners (three-way tie): Shirley MacLaine for Madame Sousatzka; Sigourney Weaver for Gorillas in the Mist; Jodie Foster for The Accused.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Out of Africa (1985).
    Dir.: Sydney Pollack.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Robert Redford. Klaus Maria Brandauer.
    Winner: Whoopi Goldberg for The Color Purple.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Silkwood (1983).
    Dir.: Mike Nichols.
    Cast: Meryl Streep. Kurt Russell. Cher.
    Winner: Shirley MacLaine for Terms of Endearment.
  • Best Supporting Actress for The Deer Hunter (1978).
    Dir.: Michael Cimino.
    Cast: Robert De Niro. Christopher Walken. Meryl Streep. John Cazale.
    Winner: Dyan Cannon for Heaven Can Wait.

Double Golden Globe nominee, the Oscar nod that got away

To date, Meryl Streep has been a Golden Globe double nominee at three ceremonies:

  • 2003 (The Hours, Adaptation).
  • 2008 (Doubt, Mamma Mia!).
  • 2009 (It's Complicated, Julie & Julia).

Curiously (and unusually), in '09 not only did she lose to herself, but both her nominations were for movies directed by women (Nora Ephron, Nancy Meyers).

Also, despite her 26 Golden Globe nominations – vs. a mere 16 Academy Awards nods – Streep somehow managed to be shortlisted 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).

See also: “Meryl Streep Glitz & Goom, Mo'Nique Tears & Laughter.”

 

Meryl Streep photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.

List of Meryl Streep Golden Globe nominations via the IMDb.

Golden Globes website.

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