Meryl Streep’s Oscar Wins and Nominations

by Mira

How many Oscars has Meryl Streep won? And how many Oscar nominations? Here are the films that got her Academy Awards wins and nominations, with actors, directors, and subjects.

Meryl Streep has won 3 Oscars so far (I can see more coming; the woman is on a roll). She also has no less than 18 Oscar nominations at the time of my writing this (January 25, 2013). I plan to see most of the movies listed below. If you have seen them and were particularly impressed with her acting or another aspect of the movie (another performance, or the script, direction, etc.), I would appreciate it if you’d leave a comment below, so that other Meryl Streep fans could use them as quick reference when deciding what film to watch next.

I have discovered Meryl Streep in The Bridges of Madison County, one of my all-time favorite movies. As one Italian reviewer put it, in that movie Meryl Streep IS Italian. She's also so much more. All her gestures are so expressive, and so are her facial expressions. You rarely see acting playing on the body and face of an actor like that. It's like light playing gently over water.

I also saw her in The Deer Hunter. A younger Meryl Streep that managed to hold her own against Robert de Niro and Christopher Walken, who were magnificent.

I feel she wasn't the star of Kramer vs. Kramer -- Dustin Hoffman was -- and yet she received the Oscar for that performance. Which reminds me: there are many other nice performances of hers in movies that didn't get an Oscar award or nominations -- movies like Mamma Mia!, for instance.

More about all her 18 Oscar nominations and 3 Oscar awards below.

Some of Meryl Streep's Great Performances

Some of Meryl Streep's Oscar Wins and Nominations
Some of Meryl Streep's Oscar Wins and Nominations

Meryl Streep's Best Performances

3 Oscars and 18 Nominations So Far

She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Deer Hunter (1978), a fabulous film about the Vietnam War and its effects on three friends living in a small American town. Also starring Robert de Niro, Christopher Walken, and John Cazale. Won 5 Oscars.

Won an Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actress for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), where her co-star was Dustin Hoffman. A movie about divorce that involves a small child, the fight for custody, and a father who learns to be there for his child, taking on the responsibilities of both father and mother.

1982. Nominated, Best Actress: French Lieutenant's Woman (1981). Her co-star is Jeremy Irons. Directed by Karel Reisz, with a script by Harold Pinter based on a John Fowles novel. A love story set in Victorian England.

1983. Won, Best Actress: Sophie's Choice (1982), a film for which she lost 70 pounds to portray an Auschwitz survivor. Directed by Alan J. Pakula. With Kevin Kline.

1984. Nominated, Best Actress: Silkwood (1983). Directed by Mike Nichols. Script by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen. About safety violations at a metallurgy plant. "The movie isn't about plutonium, it's about the American working class," says Roger Ebert.

1986. Nominated, Best Actress: Out of Africa (1985), a movie directed by Sydney Pollack where she co-starred with Robert Redford. Won 7 Oscars. A love affair in postcolonial Kenya.

1988. Nominated, Best Actress: Ironweed (1987), where she co-starred with Jack Nicholson. Directed by Hector Babenco. A movie about two hobos in Albany during the Great Depression.

1989. Nominated, Best Actress: A Cry in the Dark (1988). With Sam Neill and Dale Reeves. directed by Fred Schepisi. About a woman accused of murdering her child.

1991. Nominated, Best Actress: Postcards from the Edge (1990), where she also sings. Nominated for 2 Oscars. Directed by Mike Nichols. About a substance-abusing actress.

1996. Nominated, Best Actress: The Bridges of Madison County (1995), for a superb performance alongside Clint Eastwood, who also directed this movie about a love affair between a housewife and a photographer in 1960s rural America.

1999. Nominated: One True Thing (1998). With Renée Zellweger and William Hurt. Directed by Carl Franklin. About a young woman caring for her sick mother.

2000. Nominated, Best Actress: Music of the Heart (1999). With Cloris Leachman and Henry Dinhofer, Gloria Estefan and Angela Bassett. Directed by Wes Craven. Nominated for 2 Oscars. About a schoolteacher in Harlem.

2003. Nominated, Best Supporting Actress: Adaptation (2002). Also starring Nicolas Cage and Chris Cooper. A story about a scriptwriter adapting the book The Orchid Thief. Directed by Spike Jonze. Won 1 Oscar.

2007. Nominated, Best Actress: The Devil Wears Prada (2006), a movie with Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt. I believe it launched Emily Blunt's career in top-rated films. Nominated for 2 Oscars.

2009. Nominated, Best Actress: Doubt (2008). Co-starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. Director: John Patrick Shanley. Script also by John Patrick Shanley, based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Won 5 Oscars. A story about accusations of sexual abuse in a Catholic school.

2010. Nominated, Best Actress: Julie & Julia (2009), a fun film with Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as Julie.

2012. Won, Best Actress: The Iron Lady (2011). About Margaret Thatcher. Won 2 Oscars

2014. Nominated, Best Actress: August: Osage County (2013). The great ensemble cast also includes Julia Roberts, Margo Martindale, Dermon Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson and Abigail Breslin. The story of a dysfunctional family venting old grudges and some secrets one August in rural Oklahoma. I wrote a few words about it here.

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

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Out of Africa (1985). Won 7 Oscars, including Best Picture

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Sophie's Choice (1982), Meryl Streep's Second Oscar

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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Meryl Streep's First Oscar

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Updated: 05/26/2015, Mira
 
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Mira on 10/25/2014

Yes, she is wonderful. On a par with other greats like Maggie Smith, Katharine Hepburn, etc. I love her.

WriterArtist on 10/24/2014

I haven't seen Meryl Streep's movies yet but now I want to watch some of her Oscar nominations. She does sound a great and talented actress.

Mira on 03/23/2014

I remember Katharine Hepburn mostly as an old actress for some reason. Time really did ravage her. I now want to watch again some films I watched a long time ago, where she's younger, and see what else I've missed. Thanks for the idea. I saw Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (with Leonardo di Caprio) and that also had me think of Katharine Hepburn in the forties.

DerdriuMarriner on 03/23/2014

Mira, Meryl Streep's commitment to her craft is impressive. It would have been interesting if she and Katharine Hepburn had been in a film together.

Mira on 03/19/2014

Thanks, Violette! I, too, look forward to seeing the ones I haven't watched already.

VioletteRose on 03/19/2014

Great list, I would love to watch at least a few :)

Mira on 01/30/2014

The problem with evaluating a portrayal of Margaret Thatcher is that there's lots that people in the UK associate with her image. They are also quite passionate about it. You may have seen HollieT's article here on Wizzley:
http://wizzley.com/margaret-thatcher-...

The article itself and the comments are so important in understanding how the British feel about Margaret Thatcher.

Guest on 01/29/2014

Mira, It is a great story about Blanche, isn't it?
I hope that you do see "The Iron Lady" and consider writing a review. Despite all the applause which Meryl justifiedly received for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, it's my understanding that some people in Britain were critical, although I never determined, from this side of the pond, what the criticism was, apart from the fact that Meryl is American!
I thought that her portrayal was superb and really humanized Margaret Thatcher for me, especially in the scenes involving Denis.

Mira on 01/29/2014

Ha! What a great story there about Blanche. :) I don't know how I missed the Iron Lady. I know it got people talking a lot. I'll see if I can catch it on TV.

Guest on 01/28/2014

Mira, For me it was distracting for Meryl Streep to cultivate accents in some of her films, although her accent in "The Iron Lady" seemed perfect for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher and also seemed quite reminiscent of what I remember of Margaret Thatcher's speech patterns.
Actors definitely should play other nationalities. I just tend to agree with George Clooney that an accent does not necessarily have to be cultivated for those parts.
I remember a theatre director in another part of the U.S. telling me about auditions for the part of Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire," and he said that some native Southerners who tried out for the part seemed to think that they should automatically be offered the part because, as they said, "I already have the accent right." He told them that there's more to Blanche than an accent.


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