Apparently the Hollywood community doesn’t think Meryl Streep is overrated.
Just three weeks after the actress took President Donald Trump to task on the stage at the Golden Globes for his alleged mocking of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, Meryl Streep broke her own record Tuesday morning, picking up her 20th Oscar nomination for playing a New York heiress who dreams of becoming an Opera singer despite being, well, a terrible singer in the comedy Florence Foster Jenkins.
In her career, Streep has been nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role 16 times and 4 times for Supporting. The only two actors to trail her are Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, both of which had 12. Hepburn has the most wins with four, and Streep has won three starting with a Supporting Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1980, then for Sophie’s Choice in 1983 and most recently for The Iron Lady in 2012.
Whether or not, she will win is debatable because her competition this year – which includes Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga, Isabelle Huppert and Emma Stone – is extremely tough and there is no front-runner. Plus, no one from a straight-up comedy has won Best Actress since Helen Hunt in As Good As it Gets back in 1998.
The 89th Annual Academy Awards air Sunday, February 26th on ABC.