9. Meryl Streep - Angels In America
In HBO's acclaimed 2003 miniseries Angels in America - adapted from Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize–winning 1991 play of the same name - Meryl Streep won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her sublime performance which saw her play four separate characters.
First and foremost, Streep plays Hannah Pitt, the conservative Mormon mother of a gay Republican; as well as the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, a woman executed by the U.S. government for spying for the Soviet Union; the Angel of Australia; and most unexpectedly, male Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz.
For the latter part, Streep underwent a drastic physical transformation, disappearing underneath a metric ton of makeup to play an old Jewish man, and despite the potential for snickering, she absolutely knocked it out of the park.
As much as people love to say that Streep wins awards for reading the phone book, in this case she most certainly earned her plaudits with an impressive plate-spinning exercise across four totally singular characters.