Oscars 2014: Predicting 10 Best Actress Nominees

10. Meryl Streep - August: Osage County

Meryl Streep August Osage County As alluded to in the opening of this article, Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Oscar a whopping 17 times as an actress, a record (male or female) for the Academy Awards. She has won three Oscars, which means if she wins one more, she'll tie Katherine Hepburn for the most Oscar wins by any thespian (although one of Ms. Streep's victories came in the Best Supporting Actress category, Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979), while all of Ms. Hepburn's Oscars were in the lead actress category, if that makes a difference). At this point then, even if Ms. Streep were set to star in The Love Guru 2, she would have to at least be considered as a possible potential contender in the Best Actress Oscar race. Luckily for Ms. Streep though, Mike Myers has absolutely nothing to do with her latest film. In fact, the movie is being produced by the super-producers themselves, George Clooney and Grant Heslov (what aren't they producing at this point), and is an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play of the same name, with a script written by the play's author, Mr. Tracy Letts. If that isn't enough, through in a cast that includes Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliet Lewis, Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper, and Abagail Breslin, along with distribution by the Weinstein Company, and I think it is safe to say we have a serious awards player on our hands. While those familiar with the play will know the plot in full detail, for those unacquainted with the play's story (such as myself), the movie is a drama, with supposed touches of dark comedy, focusing on an Oklahoman family reunion of sorts. Meryl Streep plays the eccentric family matriarch who appears to be very much at the center of the family's focus. Needless to say, it's prime melodramatic Oscar material, but if it's anything like the adaption of Mr. Lett's previous play-turned-movie, Killer Joe, don't expect this to be of your typical 1950's melodramatic variety. Lest you think that all this buzz is nothing other than idle speculative chatter, I urge you to check out the newly released trailer for the movie. You here that accent? That pretty much guarantees Ms. Streep a record-extending 18th Oscar nomination.
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A film fanatic at a very young age, starting with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies and gradually moving up to more sophisticated fare, at around the age of ten he became inexplicably obsessed with all things Oscar. With the incredibly trivial power of being able to chronologically name every Best Picture winner from memory, his lifelong goal is to see every Oscar nominated film, in every major category, in the history of the Academy Awards.