When Meryl Streep signs onto a role, she signs on. From transforming into a frigid nun for Doubt, to a free-spirited former disco dancer in Mamma Mia!, to the chicest b*tch to ever hit the silver screen in The Devil Wears Prada, Streep doesn’t merely rock a wig and prosthetics, but totally embodies her character. Most recently, she wowed crowds (and may very likely nab an Oscar) with her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. The voice! The pearls! The teef!
To honor one of Hollywood’s best and to prep for the Academy Awards on Feb. 26th, let’s take a minute to admire a dozen of Meryl’s movie makeovers.
Can anyone play character roles better than Meryl Streep? We don’t think so. She’s taking on the role of Margaret Thatcher in the film The Iron Lady which premiered in London yesterday, and we can already hear Oscar chimes. She’s already nominated for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (next Thursday on VH1!), SAGs and Golden Globes. Will this film do what The Queen did for Helen Mirren? We have a strong feeling it will. Meryl looked absolutely lovely at the event. We can’t find fault with the hair and makeup, and we also covet the actress’ skin. Just look it at. It’s completely taut and glowing. And while we love seeing her in gowns, we’re also loving this royal blue and black tailored ensemble on her. She’s wearing a black dress and boots underneath, accessorized with gold jewelry — props for the tribal gold necklace. Bravo!
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Yeah yeah yeah, we know that the 2011 Oscars haven’t even happened yet, and here we are talking about next year’s show. But now that we’ve seen the first image of Meryl Streep as former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, we can’t help but thinking that next year’s race is going to be all about Streep.
Did you know that it’s been almost 30 years since Streep last won an Oscar? It’s true! She has been nominated for either Best or Best Supporting Actress twelve times since she won the 1983 Oscar for Best Actress for her work in Sophie’s Choice, but she has yet to pick up another Little Gold Man. Here are three reasons why we feel like next year will be her year: