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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 26, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Streep: the greatest living speechmaker?

I love Meryl Streep for many reasons, not the least of which is the way she’s always adjusting her cleavage when at a podium receiving an award. She won the SAG award for best female actor in a leading role last night, for her brilliant work in “Doubt” (well, of course it was brilliant, she’s La Streep for heaven’s sake), and gave an adorably befuddled speech. If you missed it, check it out, for her thoughts on being “the greatest living actress,” for her graceful shout-outs to her castmates, and for the overall splendidness of the moment.

In fact, I think I’m going to designate this as Meryl Streep Week here at Popcorn & Prejudice, just because. Here are five of my favorite Streep roles; I’ll find some clips and post as the week progresses:
1. “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981). Early in her screen career: a haunting, windswept double role.
2. “A Prairie Home Companion” (2006). No one does wistful dithering quite like Streep — and she sings, too.
3. “Sophie’s Choice.” (1982). Absolutely heartbreaking. And, this is where all the talk about the accents began.
4. “A Cry in the Dark” (1988). Practically unrecognizable, practically perfect. Those who say Streep is always Streep should watch this one again.
5. “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) and “Adaptation” (2002). Because she’s funny, too.
And your favorites?

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