Saturday, February 13, 2016

Merry Meryl (Streep)

By now Mary Louise Streep -- Meryl to you -- has a mantel with almost enough trophies as a chess board has pieces. The 15-time Academy Awars nominee (a record), has two Oscars, two Emmys, six Golden Globes and, now, two Screen Actors Guild awards. Sunday night she won the mate for her first SAG statuette for her work as Sister Aloysius in "Doubt." Streep, who turns 60 this year, was dressed in street clothes and genuinely stunned to get the award that everyone predicted Kate Winslet ("Revolutionary Road") would win. (Winslet did get a supporting prize for "The Reader.") Without a speech prepared, La Streep delivered a hilarious stemwinder of about five minutes that was a high point of the awards ceremony. How gracious was she in suggesting the assembled to give Viola Davis, her co-star, "her own movie"? If there were awards for awards speeches, this would get one.

Merry Meryl (Streep)

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NO DOUBT: Meryl Streep honors her sister nominees while accepting her Screen Actors Guild statuette for "Doubt."
NO DOUBT: Meryl Streep honors her sister nominees while accepting her Screen Actors Guild statuette for "Doubt."

By now Mary Louise Streep -- Meryl to you -- has a mantel with almost enough trophies as a chess board has pieces. The 15-time Academy Awars nominee (a record), has two Oscars, two Emmys, six Golden Globes and, now, two Screen Actors Guild awards. Sunday night she won the mate for her first SAG statuette for her work as Sister Aloysius in "Doubt."  Streep, who turns 60 this year, was dressed in street clothes and genuinely stunned to get the award that everyone predicted Kate Winslet ("Revolutionary Road") would win. (Winslet did get a supporting prize for "The Reader.") Without a speech prepared, La Streep delivered a hilarious stemwinder of about five minutes that was a high point of the awards ceremony. How gracious was she in suggesting the assembled to give Viola Davis, her co-star, "her own movie"? If there were awards for awards speeches, this would get one.

From the giddy frivolity of "Mamma Mia!" to the steely sobriety of "Doubt," Streep had quite a 2008. In the past she has incarnated writers Isak Dinesen ("Out of Africa"), Nora Ephron ("Heartburn"), Carrie Fisher ("Postcards from the Edge") and Susan Orlean ("Adaptation"), whistleblower Karen Silkwood ("Silkwood"),  a thinly-veiled Anna Wintour ("The Devil Wears Prada") as well as the formidable Sophie of "Sophie's Choice" and the heroine of "The French Lieutenant's Woman." In 2009 she will be Julia Child in Ephron's "Julia and Julia" and also appear in an untitled Nancy Meyers comedy.

Streep has revealed so many facets of woman that it's hard to name a favorite performance. For her ability to plumb the tragedy in comedy and vice-versa, my favorites are "Silkwood," "Sophie," "Prada" and "Adaptation."

Your favorite Streeps? Why?

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