Always amazing and cool Meryl Streep celebrates her 71st birthday! An Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations record holder, she is known for her incredible talent of masterly performing a wide diversity of roles, from comic and unglamorous to heavy dramatic ones. The female characters personified by Streep are strongly believable due to her entire immersion in character, including subtle expertise with voice and facial expression.
Over her five decades-long career, Streep has played a wide variety of roles, which has earned her the title of a ‘chameleon’, much unlike other actors who have preferred a singular identity in their films. Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, having been nominated 17 times since her first nomination in 1979 for her performance in The Deer Hunter (fourteen for Best Actress and three for Best Supporting Actress).
In 2009, Streep became the most-nominated performer in Golden Globe Awards history when her double lead actress nods for Doubt (2008) and Mamma Mia! (2008) gave her 23 in total.
And we’d like to tell you about three great movies that feature Meryl Streep. If you haven’t watched them, be sure to do it as soon as possible.
Out Of Africa (1985)
This 1985 American epic romantic drama film is directed and produced by Sydney Pollack. Based on the 1937 autobiographical book Out of Africa written by Isak Dinesen, with additional material from Dinesen’s 1960 book Shadows on the Grass and other sources, the movies stars Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen and Shane Rimmer.
In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner Karen has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter, Denys Finch Hatton. A woman who is proud of her independence, she finds herself unhappily in thrall to an aloof man. And she is doubly unhappy for living out such a cliché situation.
Despite mixed reviews from critics, Out of Africa won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Pollack.
Sophie’s Choice (1982)
In this movie, Meryl Streep stars as Sophie, a Polish immigrant and survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who shares a boarding house in Brooklyn with her tempestuous lover, Nathan, and a young writer, Stingo. Nathan is constantly jealous, and when he is in one of his violent mood swings, he convinces himself that Sophie is unfaithful to him, and he abuses and harasses her. A flashback shows how Nathan first met Sophie after her immigration to the U.S. when she nearly died due to anemia. The story revolves around these three people and their intricate relationships.
This movie is an adaptation of William Styron’s 1979 novel of the same name. It is directed by Alan J. Pakula, a famous film director, writer and producer.
Streep‘s performance was acclaimed, and she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. The film was also nominated for Best Cinematography (Néstor Almendros), Best Costume Design (Albert Wolsky), Best Music (Marvin Hamlisch), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Alan J. Pakula).
Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)
Joanna Kramer leaves her husband Michael, who is an advertising-art-director. For many years, Michael paid attention only to his own feelings, neglecting feelings of other people. But he has not lost his wife because of this; she simply wants to go out and “find herself.” She leaves Ted to raise their son Billy by himself, whom Michael barely knows.
Initially, both father and son resent each other’s company, but before long they have formed a strong bond of love and mutual respect. Michael becomes a devoted father and begins neglecting his work. As a result, he loses his job.
Suddenly, Joanna returns to New York, announcing that she now has a well-paying job herself, and wants full custody of Billy. During the subsequent court battle, Michael takes a job far beneath his talents to prove that he can take care of his son. Nevertheless, he loses the case, though the film ends on a note of hope.
Kramer vs. Kramer was the highest-grossing film of 1979 and received a leading nine Oscar nominations at the 52nd Academy Awards, winning five: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (for Hoffman), Best Supporting Actress (for Streep), and Best Adapted Screenplay.