Actress Meryl Streep has won a Golden Globe® Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama at the 69th Annual Golden Globe® Awards for her performance in The Iron Lady. The Golden Globe® Awards are presented by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association® as they gather each year for The Golden Globe® Awards to honor the best in film and television. Tonight’s broadcast was telecasted around the world from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
This is Meryl Streep’s eighth Golden Globe® Award. Her previous Golden Globes were won in:
- 2010 – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for Julie and Julia
- 2007 – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for The Devil Wears Prada
- 2004 – Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television – “Angels in America”
- 2003 – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Adaptation
- 1983 – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Sophie’s Choice
- 1982 – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for The French Lieutenant’s Woman
- 1980 – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Kramer vrs. Kramer
Her award tonight increases her chance of receiving an Oscar® for her moving performance in The Iron Lady. Nominated along with Meryl Streep were Viola Davis in The Help, Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs, Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin.
In The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep portrays Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to serve Great Britain as Prime Minister. The film in a short period of time encapsulates her time in office including her first turbulent years, the Falkland Islands War and her eventual resignation. It’s a moving portrayal of a woman suffering the ravages of dementia, which flashbacks to a time when she was the most powerful woman in the world.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work on SilentHollywood.com