Meryl Streep currently holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for Best Actress, take a look at her extraordinary career here...
Streep earned her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in The Deer Hunter, back in 1978, when she played Linda, the girlfriend of Christopher Walken’s character Nick. The film follows a group of friends going to fight in the Vietnam War and also stars Robert De Niro and John Cazale, who Streep became engaged to. Tragically Cazale died of bone cancer before the film was finished.
Krames Vs Kramer earned Meryl one of her two Oscar statuettes when she took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of Joanna Kramer, a wife who leaves her husband and then demands custody of their son. The film, also starring Dustin Hoffman, won an amazing five Acadamy Awards in total.
Widely regarded as one of her finest performances, Sophie’s Choice won Meryl an Acadamy Award for Best Actress. In the harrowing film the actress plays a polish immigrant worker who was sent to Auschwitz, and tragically has to choose which one of her two children is gassed.
It was later revealed that Streep filmed the wrenching scene in which she reveals her ‘choice’ in one take, and would not film it again because of the pain she felt over it as a mother.
Meryl was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her portrayal of Karen Silkwood, a real-life worker at a nuclear fuel plant who died in a car accident under suspicious circumstances. Streep’s co-star Cher also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
1995 film Bridges of Madison County tells the tale of finding true love in the middle age. Streep took on the role of Francesca Johnson who has a fleeting affair with a photographer, played by Clint Eastwood while her husband and four children were away. It earned her yet another Academy Award nomination.
Having already earned her stripes as a Hollywood star, Meryl Streep laid her star on the infamous Hollywood Walk Of Fame ON September 16th, 1998.
In One True Thing Meryl took the role of a cancer stricken mother, whose daughter, played by Bridget Jones starlet Renee Zellweger, returns home to care for her. Steep was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance, but lost out to Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love.
Streep made ways as a manipulative and ruthless mother in 2004 hit thriller, The Manchurian Candidate. The blockbuster also starred Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight.
In Prairie Home Companion, Streep starred opposite Kevin Kline for the first time since the two made Sophie’s Choice, back in 1982. The light-hearted comedy also starred a young Lindsay Lohan.
Her infamous role as demanding magazine editor Miranda Priestly in box office smash, The Devil Wears Prada, earned Meryl an Oscar nomination once again. She starred opposite Anne Hathaway in the hugely popular chick flick.
Meryl joined Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon in the cast of the political thriller, Rendition where she played a high powered Washington decision maker.
Streep received her twelfth nomination for Best Actress in the 2008 film Doubt. Set in 1964 in a Catholic Church in the Bronx, Meryl was the sharp-eyed, unforgiving nun Sister Aloysius who believes a priest is abusing a student.
Meryl hilariously sung and danced her way through blockbuster Mamma Mia!, a film based around the music of Benny and Bjorn of Abba, as a single small hotel owner in Greece who is reunited with three handsome men from her past (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard).
Another film, another accent for Meryl. Based on true evens Julie & Julia tells the story of how fledging writer, Julie Powell (Amy Adams), aims to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days with the help of Streep’s chef character Julia Childs.
Meryl lent her voice to the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, another box office hit. She joined a top-noth vocal cast including George Clooney, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, for the animated adventure movie.
Overseen by Mamma Mia! director, Phyllida Lloyd, Meryl transforms into former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in this biopic, one of the most hotly-tipped films of the year. Following a roaring reception from critics, huge box office sales, and already with a host of nominations under her belt, could 2012 be Meryl’s year once again?