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Best Supporting Actress – Meryl Streep

Film: Adaptation

Previous wins for role: Golden Globe award (best supporting actress); Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (best actress); César Honorary Award; Best Supporting Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle (best supporting actress); Southern Film Critics Association Awards (best supporting actress)

Previous Oscar wins/nominations:
Nominated Best Actress Music of the Heart (1999)
Nominated Best Actress One True Thing (1998)
Nominated Best Actress The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Nominated Best Actress Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Nominated Best Actress A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Nominated Best Actress Ironweed (1987)
Nominated Best Actress Out of Africa (1985)
Nominated Best Actress Silkwood (1983)
Won Best Actress Sophie’s Choice (1982)
Nominated Best Actress The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)
Won Best Supporting Actress Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress The Deer Hunter (1978)

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Character bio: Streep’s Susan Orlean is a successful author who hooks up with a brilliant, but hopelessly skanky, fanatical orchid thief, the subject of her latest work. Her best-selling novel, “The Orchid Thief,” is being adapted by a big movie studio. Streep is spellbinding in her absolute conviction, navigating her way through the most ludicrous and entertaining scenarios without ever doubting her character’s motivations. We see the buttoned-down, married Orlean coming undone, as she metaphorically transforms into the stunning flower that has become the very root of her obsession. She inhabits a space of vulnerability, beautifully realized with flawless comedic timing. With Streep, all is organic, yet nothing is predictable.

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