When it comes to the Oscars, it’s Meryl Streep‘s world and everyone else is just living in it. The Into the Woods star (who’s nominated again at the 2015 Academy Awards) has earned 19 acting nominations in the last 37 years, more than any other actor or actress in the history of the show. At this point, if she’s in a movie, it’s more newsworthy when she doesn’t get a nomination than when she does.
Of those 19 nominations, 15 have been for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and four for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Somewhat surprisingly, she has just three wins: for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1980, Sophie’s Choice in 1983, and The Iron Lady in 2012 (above).
Win or lose, though, Ms. Streep is always a welcome sight on the red carpet. No doubt she’ll charm again on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the 2015 Academy Awards, but in the meantime, check out some of her many Oscars appearances from 1979 to now!
1979: The Vassar College and Yale School of Drama alum made her debut at the Oscars at age 29, when she was nominated for her supporting role in The Deer Hunter, which racked up five wins, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (for Christopher Walken). Her date for the evening was her husband, sculptor Don Gummer, whom she had married just six months earlier. Over 35 years later, the spouses share four kids, singer Henry Wolfe, 35; actresses Mamie, 31, and Grace, 28; and model Louisa, 23.
1980: The 1980 Academy Awards were all about Kramer vs. Kramer. Both Streep and costar Dustin Hoffman earned acting trophies, and the divorce drama itself won Best Picture (among other things).
1983: Streep’s second win came just three years after her first, for the holocaust tearjerker Sophie’s Choice. She beat out Frances star Jessica Lange in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category — but Lange ended up winning in the Supporting Role category for Tootsie.
1989: Between 1979 and 1989, Streep was nominated every year except 1981, 1985, and 1987. She was nominated in 1989 for her role in A Cry in the Dark (“A dingo’s got my baby!”), but lost to The Accused actress Jodie Foster.
1996: After losing the 1991 Oscar to Misery‘s Kathy Bates, the Postcards From the Edge actress went four years without another nomination — her longest blank stretch to date. She returned as a nominee in 1996, after an acclaimed turn in the romantic drama The Bridges of Madison County.
1999: The One True Thing star upped the glamour at the 71st Academy Awards, where she lost the best actress Oscar to Shakespeare in Love star Gwyneth Paltrow.
2003: The Adaptation actress wasn’t just nominated at the 75th awards show; she also had the honor of presenting the honorary Oscar to the late Lawrence of Arabia star Peter O’Toole, who holds the records for most nominations without a competitive win.
2007: Streep’s memorable turn as the impossibly demanding editor-in-chief of a Vogue-like fashion publication in The Devil Wears Prada earned her yet another lead actress nomination. She lost to The Queen‘s Helen Mirren.
2010: Streep perfectly channeled famed chef Julia Child in the Amy Adams-costarring Julie & Julia, but it was The Blind Side‘s Sandra Bullock who took home the Oscar.
2014: Streep’s most recent nomination was for the ensemble dysfunctional family dramedy August: Osage County, based on Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. It costarred, among others, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis, and Julia Roberts, who was also nominated for an Oscar.
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