On the Real: Why Meryl Streep will be nominated for an Oscar…and win.

It’s no secret that I am a huge Meryl Streep fan. The first film I ever saw of hers was the 1989 comedy “She Devil”,  I was 3 years old when the film was released but having siblings who were much older allowed for me to have an advanced skew of pretty much everything.  From movies, to music, all the way down to fashion, I was exposed to it all.

I instantly loved to hate Meryl’s character Mary Fisher, she was obnoxious, catty, bitchy, and most importantly she was pretty awesome. Then in 1992 “Death Becomes Her” was released and it became another one of my favorite films starring Streep.  And as I got older I became more of a fan. “Music of the Heart”, “Adaptation”, “The Hours”, “Manchurian Candidate,” “Prime”, and the film that certified my fan card “The Devil Wears Prada.”  After “Prada” was released, I made it my ultimate effort to watch all of Streep’s previous classics such as, “The Deer Hunter”, “Kramer vs. Kramer”  (her very first Oscar), and “Sophie’s Choice.”

With currently 50 films, 5 made for TV movies, numerous roles on stage, and a record 15 Oscar nominations  to her credit, Meryl Streep, 60, is at the top of her game. In one single description she is an absolute force…a critical darling, and someone who the Academy needs to honor this year.

To say that Streep is the ‘greatest living actress’ is almost an understatement. She is in a league of her own, the type of actress who makes everyone around her better. If there was one other person who could continue her legacy it could very well be Kate Winslet. Another actress who can do comedy, drama, and whatever else is asked of her so well.

This is my opinion, and my opinion alone…..Meryl Streep will be nominated for an Oscar and she will win. Now some people will say that “Julie and Julia” isn’t really an Oscar worthy role and that it will just be another nomination for Streep to add to her resume, or that ingenues Gabby Sidibe and Carey Mulligan deserve the honor more. All of that may be true but Meryl is still going to win.

Sidibe and Mulligan both gave excellence performances in their respective roles in “Precious” and “An Education.” However, awarding Sidibe an Oscar for her first and only role is a gamble that I’m sure the Academy is not willing to take. There is no way of determining how Sidibe’s career will fair after the “Precious” hype dies down, and the same goes for Mulligan. Although she has a nice number of films under her belt, she is still very young and has a lot to prove. Think about last year’s nominee Anne Hathaway for “Rachel Getting Married;” great performance, deserved to be nominated, but it was Winslet’s time to shine.

Then you have  Sandra Bullock’s portrayal of LeAnn Tuohy in “The Blind Side.” The film itself has taken flight and a lot of that has to do with the buzz surrounding Bullock. In a previous post I said that the role of LeAnn Tuohy was Bullock’s best performance to date, and I meant that.  She will be nominated but I will be surprised if she wins, because of something called “The Erin Brockovich factor”, which is why Meryl will win.

The Erin Brockovich factor stems from Julia Roberts Oscar win in 2001.  Like Meryl, everyone adores Julia, she has been in some of the most memorable films in the past 20 years and I think it’s safe to say that at one point in time she was “America’s Sweetheart”.  And although her performance in “Erin Brockovich” deserved to be nominated, the win threw everyone for a loop.  But no one cared because everyone was happy to see Julia finally get her Oscar. And this my friends, will be the case with Meryl.

It has been 27 years since Meryl won her last Academy Award for “Sophie’s Choice.”  Critics know this, fans know this, and most importantly the Academy knows this. It’s hard to imagine that someone who has been nominated a record 15 times (more than any other actor EVER), has only 2 little gold men sitting on her mantle. She could have been in “All About Steve” or “Bride Wars” for all I care, this is her year to win. She deserves her 3rd Oscar for the amazing contribution to film that she has made in the last 27 years.

And don’t get me wrong, there have been a lot of great performances this year by great actresses, but when it comes to the greatest, there is only one and 2 Academy Award wins is a little bit insulting.

Here’s to Meryl…

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  1. Oscar Real: Best Actress Breakdown « The Real Reel - February 11, 2010

    […] last year I made the following statement, “Meryl Streep will be nominated for an Oscar and win;” I wholeheartedly stand by this statement. Half the battle is over and on March 7th she will win […]

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