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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

December 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM

It’s Meryl Streep Day! Take a poll . . .

In honor of the great Meryl Streep receiving the Kennedy Center Honors in a ceremony last night (to be televised Dec. 27), I’m going to make today Meryl Streep Day on P & P. At the ceremony, Nora Ephron (who directed Streep in “Julie & Julia”) spoke of Streep’s work in the upcoming “The Iron Lady” as Margaret Thatcher — and warned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was present, that she just might be next. “It’s inevitable,” Ephron said. “Someday you will see her in a movie about your life and discover the truth that she is better at being you than you are.”
Just a handful of favorite moments in an astonishing career: that elevator closing on her carefully composed face in “Kramer vs. Kramer”; gazing, mysteriously yet desperately, from under her Victorian cloak as the sea roars around her in “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”; saying “Steeen-go” as she plays with a young man’s heart in “Sophie’s Choice”; getting her hair washed by Robert Redford in “Out of Africa”; staring defiantly from beneath her hideous bangs in “A Cry in the Dark”; singing “Heartbreak Hotel” with such glee in “Postcards from the Edge”; turning out the lights, looking utterly at peace, at the end of “The Hours”; tunefully dithering her way through “A Prairie Home Companion” so casually we almost didn’t realize she’d stolen the movie; burbling joyously as Julia Child, stretching all her vowels out like they were caramels, in “Julie & Julia”; and, in “The Devil Wears Prada,” saying “That’s all.” And I’m leaving out many, many more.
What’s your favorite Meryl Streep movie? To keep this poll from getting completely unwieldly, I’m just going to list her Oscar-nominated roles (all 16 of them; a record!). If the one you like best isn’t on this list, toss it in the comments.

What’s your favorite Meryl Streep performance?

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