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Meryl Streep rises above 'Julie & Julia' and could land more record nominations

August 6, 2009 |  5:47 pm

Meryl Streep is once again receiving better notices than her new summer movie. Last year she starred in the critically dismissed "Mamma Mia!" which went on to smash box office records and this year she features as one half of "Julie and Julia." Though critics have lauded Meryl Streep for her performance as the larger-than-life Julia Child, they are less enthused about the other side of the ampersand played by Amy Adams. While most of the reviews won't be out till tomorrow, Meryl Streep has already won over the reviewers from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Meryl Streep Julie and Julia Golden Globes Oscars Amy Adams She could well add to her record 23 Golden Globe nominations with another nod for "Julie and Julia." Last year, Meryl Streep landed lead actress nods for drama ("Doubt") and musical/comedy ("Mamma Mia!"). She lost both bids to Kate Winslet ("Revolutionary Road") and Sally Hawkins ("Happy Go Lucky") respectively.

With those two nominations, Meryl Streep surpassed previous record-holder Jack Lemmon who amassed 22 lead nods and 4 wins (movie drama — 0/6; movie musical/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. That winning record ties her with her pal Jack Nicholson. While all of Nicholson's Globes are for movies (3 drama actor, 2 musical/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 21 Golden Globe movie nods, Streep has won five times – 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 15 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 and Hepburn are tied with 12 nods apiece 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 60 – the same age that Streep is now – 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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