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'Mamma Mia!' — No 'Doubt' Meryl Streep makes Golden Globe history

December 11, 2008 | 11:26 am

With her double Golden Globe nominations for lead actress in drama ("Doubt") and musical/comedy ("Mamma Mia!"), Meryl Streep is now the all-time Golden Globe champ with 23 nominations.


Going into this year's Golden Globe race, Streep was one nom behind Jack Lemmon who amassed 22 lead nods and 4 wins (movie drama — 0/6; movie comedy - 3/10; and TV movie/mini — 1/6) over 40 years beginning in 1960. In her three decades of collecting awards hardware, Streep has won six Globes out of 21 previous bids. That winning record ties her with her pal Jack Nicholson. While all of Nicholson's Globes are for movies (3 drama actor, 2 comedy actor, and 1 supporting actor), one of Streep's wins was for a small screen role — lead actress in a TV movie or mini ("Angels in America," 2004).

From her 19 previous movie nods, Streep has won five Golden Globes –- for her Oscar-winning roles in "Kramer vs. Kramer" (supporting, 1979) and "Sophie's Choice" (lead drama, 1982) as well as "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (lead drama, 1981), "Adaptation" (supporting, 2002), and "The Devil Wears Prada" (lead musical/comedy, 2006).

Streep is also the all-time Oscar nominee champ with 14 bids beginning back in 1978 for "The Deer Hunter." Her Oscar nominations parallel those of her Globe nods with the exception of her lead actress Oscar nod in 1987 for "Ironweed." It is more than a quarter century since Streep won the second of her two Oscars. However, Streep can take heart in the Oscar history of four-time winner Katharine Hepburn.

As three of Streep's Oscar nominations came in the supporting category, she sits one back of Hepburn in the lead actress race. Hepburn won her first Oscar race –- for "Morning Glory" in 1933 –- and then lost her next eight bids. It was not until she was sixty that Hepburn won her second Academy Award ("Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," 1967). She won again the following year ("The Lion in Winter") and capped off her movie career with a win in 1981 for "On Golden Pond." Not surprisingly, the press-averse Hepburn lost all seven of her movie Golden Globe nods as well as her one TV bid.

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