Hope for Meryl

Posted by · 7:10 am · February 10th, 2011

I didn’t post this still of Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” that did the web rounds two days ago, largely because I didn’t have much to say about it — for all the “uncanny resemblance” claims being made by some excitable bloggers, she looks rather a lot like Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. (Which is fine, by the way.) But this amended still from reader/blogger Bradley Porter gave me a chuckle, so here they both are.

Perhaps it’ll give those orchestrating Streep’s 2011 awards campaign some ideas. Of course, that’s a long way off yet — on the basis of this one still, some have already jumped to predicting Streep’s third Oscar. Needless to say, that’s premature when“The Iron Lady” and director Phyllida Lloyd (an accomplished stage director whose only big-screen credit is the shoddy “Mamma Mia!”) are still such unknown quantities.

What is your gut telling you?

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  • 1 2-10-2011 at 7:29 am

    Eric said...

    My gut tells me Oscar.

  • 2 2-10-2011 at 7:33 am

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    She looks terrible.

  • 3 2-10-2011 at 7:39 am

    Lucas said...

    The make up and hair are spot on, but it’s Meryl’s expression, especially the half-smile and the hint of vulnerability in her eyes, that makes the whole thing look entirely credible.

  • 4 2-10-2011 at 7:50 am

    Andrej said...

    The Obama-like poster looks a bit creepy. :s

    For now I’m just betting on a single nod for Meryl, like in Julie & Julia. This is her most historically important role in quite a while, but I’m not entirely sure if Phyllida Lloyd can pull it off nicely enough.

  • 5 2-10-2011 at 7:54 am

    Greg Y said...

    She’s going to win. She’s lost 12 times in a row, come on.

  • 6 2-10-2011 at 7:54 am

    JJ1 said...

    Forgive me if I’m an unabashed numbers guy, but I am one who truly believes that Meryl deserves the 3rd Oscar (putting her in small company) for all of her work. Hope she gets it here; if she’s great, of course.

  • 7 2-10-2011 at 8:14 am

    Sam C. said...

    My gut is telling me Meryl needs to stop playing famous people.

    Also, that we could have a marquee matchup in 2011. Streep for The Iron Lady vs. Close in Albert Nobbs.

  • 8 2-10-2011 at 8:15 am

    The Dude said...

    I think Awards Daily just did a small bit on Streep’s chances a few days ago. Of course, all of it is speculation, but based on the material and Streep’s track record, she’ll probably score another nod for this. But the win?…we’ll see, as I think Glenn Close could have a potential winner with her movie. I just hope the movies these girls are in can match up to their performance-capabilities…I HATE it when a good performance is wasted on a crappy movie.

  • 9 2-10-2011 at 8:17 am

    darren said...

    the director worries me and as a uk guy thatcher is a hard one to pull off she really is going to have to become her not play her!!!

  • 10 2-10-2011 at 8:31 am

    Jim T said...

    I think every time that Meryl is in a movie that is heavier than It’s Complicated she has a chance of winning her third.

    Weirdly enough, I kind of don’t want to think about it (and others as well, as a matter of fact) because I suspect that extremely early buzz might have hurt her in the past.

    Naturally I hope it’s a great movie and performance and if I don’t get very excited about any other leading female performance in 2011 I’d like to see her winning in my lifetime for a change.
    There, I thought about it :p

    I liked the AD article. It could indeed be a battle between her and Glenn Close.

    And I find it a positive thing that the screenwriter of the movie is the same person who wrote the script for the upcoming Shame directed by Steve McQueen. Even though we haven’t seen the movie yet, I think it adds credibility to her. Plus, she was nominated for an Olivier which is also not a bad thing. Let’s see…

  • 11 2-10-2011 at 8:31 am

    Alex in Movieland said...

    yay, nomination number 17!!!

    when do we start discussing possible Oscar performances for 2011?
    anyone else in Best Actress? maybe Charlize Theron for Young Adult.
    Tilda, but we know that’s never happening.
    oh, yes: Michelle as Marilyn Monroe :D

    Is (God of)Carnage still 2012?

  • 12 2-10-2011 at 8:32 am

    Jim T said...

    Well, co-wrote Shame’s script. Still..

  • 13 2-10-2011 at 8:37 am

    JFK said...

    I have full confidence in Meryl’s ability to portray Margaret Thatcher…The director leaves something to be desired. If it’s strong enough, Meryl will pull it off though.

  • 14 2-10-2011 at 8:41 am

    Maxim said...

    Meryl Streep for Aronofsky’s (Ironofsky?) Batman reboot!

  • 15 2-10-2011 at 8:51 am

    Kicksotic said...

    Don’t forget there will also be Meryl as the Mother/Monster in “August: Osage County” and THAT part has Award Material written allllllllll over it.

  • 16 2-10-2011 at 8:57 am

    gilda said...

    give Neryl her third Oscar. No one deserves it more.

  • 17 2-10-2011 at 9:02 am

    Jim T said...

    gilda, I’m afraid you have to wake up and smell the Rita Hayworth. Neryl has no Oscars. :p

  • 18 2-10-2011 at 9:13 am

    John G said...

    Well, Jim Broadbent is in this movie so we already know it’s going to be good.

  • 19 2-10-2011 at 9:17 am

    julian said...

    michelle williams doing marilyn is an even better bet, I think…BUT if the movie in question is no good, the performances probably don’t stand a chance. I that sense, a good director is surely the key to have a shot at the actor/actress awards, no matter if you’re Meryl Streep, Glenn Close or not.

  • 20 2-10-2011 at 9:21 am

    Afrika said...

    I could care less about the picture. What I care about, however, are the expression in Meryl’s eyes; the slightly lifted high brow and that glare of power wrapped in a vulnerable case. The expression alone deserves an Oscar.

  • 21 2-10-2011 at 9:22 am

    Afrika said...

    * is the expression

  • 22 2-10-2011 at 9:54 am

    Graysmith said...

    The only thing about that movie that gives me pause is the fact that it’s by the director of Mamma Mia. Doesn’t exactly instill a lot of confidence that this movie will be the powerhouse you might think with Streep playing Thatcher. It’ll probably be more like Streep as a solo nominee than another The Queen.

  • 23 2-10-2011 at 10:00 am

    Danny said...

    Meryl is not going to win a third Oscar. The Academy Awards are no longer about excellence. Plus, the Academy hates older women. I mean, c’mon … she lost the Oscar to Kate Winslet in “The Reader.”

    “The Reader,” for God’s sake.

  • 24 2-10-2011 at 10:04 am

    bluemoon02 said...

    I wished she and QT would collaborate together. Imagine the volcanic parks of talent combined.

  • 25 2-10-2011 at 10:23 am

    Maxim said...

    I would like to directly address the stupidity of some of the posts above. Do you people even realize what you are critisizing?

    The director is giving you pause? The director of Mamma Mia deserved a best director nomination for that film.

    I am being 100% serious about that. Hold the horses and listen. Mamma Mia is not a great movie but any means but it not only maximized the potential potential of it’s material as a film it is almost *good*. What could have been a disaster became a legitimate piece of entertaiment. The material is still waffle thin and disposable but the movie is watchable. And I give a lion’s share of that to the director. Could anyone seriously have done a better version of… this?

    Look, I’ve been to the show the movie is based on two (if not three) times. In all cases I was simply asked to drag along as part of the group. So trust me, the movie is ten times better than the show. I am being serious when I say that I admire how it was put together (at least certain portions of it). It pulsates with energy and vitality throughout. Obviously, it all comes back to the idea of watching that material more than a thin gimmick but still.

    So the director is not a problem though I do have to say that I Meryl herself was nearly unwatchable in the film and, for the first time, the weakest link there. At least it looked like she was really having a blast filming it so it’s all good.

  • 26 2-10-2011 at 10:31 am

    Sean said...

    You guys kills me about Phyllida Lloyd’s reputation. She made ONE movie! And any director was going to get a bum wrap doing Mamma Mia, it is the material that is totally cheesy not the director. Frankly, I thought she did the best she could with the material. Have faith in the woman, she is Tony nominated.

  • 27 2-10-2011 at 10:33 am

    Sean said...

    wow Maxim, your message posted as I was writing mine :)

  • 28 2-10-2011 at 10:39 am

    Andrej said...

    The thing is that we’re jumping from an ABBA-based musical to a biopic of Margaret Thatcher during the Falkland Islands war. There is some room for doubting.

    Streep could get a nod, surely, but the director… I dunno. It’s a matter of the track record both women have, it’s far more likely for Meryl to get a nod than it is for Lloyd, but that’s something that will only be settled when the movie gets released.

  • 29 2-10-2011 at 10:42 am

    Maxim said...

    Yeah Sean, I saw that :) .

    And Andrej, I don’t think anyone is talking about nominations for Lloyd yet. I was merely defending her against what I pereive to be unfair criticisms.

  • 30 2-10-2011 at 10:48 am

    billybil said...

    Give her her third already so I can start caring about other actresses again!!

  • 31 2-10-2011 at 10:58 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’ve seen some of Lloyd’s perfectly credible stage work, so I’m not prepared to lazily dismiss her skills. But I do think she did a lousy job bringing Mamma Mia to the screen — blame the material if you like, but there’s no visual sense in evidence there, and the film appears to have been edited with a chainsaw.

  • 32 2-10-2011 at 11:01 am

    Andrej said...

    But you did praise Lloyd, Maxim. What I meant is that even if she could direct something decent-ish out of Mamma Mia, I’m not sure if the sudden shift in topic will play for Streep’s favor, let alone the movie’s chances for a BP/BD nod.

    Neither of them was nominated for Mamma Mia anyways, so their shared track record makes me a bit doubtful of Iron Lady as a whole.

  • 33 2-10-2011 at 11:42 am

    Sean said...

    With regard to August: Osage County, filming begins in the fall and will not be a 2011 release. Prior to that, Streep films Great Hope Springs this the summer.

  • 34 2-10-2011 at 11:57 am

    Kicksotic said...

    I know Osage won’t be a 2011 release. I merely brought it up to remind people that Iron Lady isn’t Meryl’s last chance at Oscar Gold nor is it her only chance to knock our socks off with an amazing performance.

    Not that those two possibilities were ever in doubt. Still, I thought it was important to bring some perspective.

  • 35 2-10-2011 at 12:25 pm

    Kevin said...

    If Sandra Bullock can get an Oscar for doing a movie that was nothing more than an “Erin Brockovich” ripoff, then Meryl can get a nomination for anything… aside from the fact that she’s Meryl Streep.

    In regards to her winning the Oscar, let’s actually SEE the movie before we make that judgment call.

  • 36 2-10-2011 at 1:10 pm

    AFK said...

    I agree that even a Scorsese version of Mamma Mia would not be a masterpiece. Why on earth people suddenly look for a masterpiece out of a harmless entertainment musical? It didn’t pretend to be anything other than a feel good, easy going movie. That’s all. I bet these people would still dismiss the direction even Lloyd would direct a King’s Speech caliber film. Don’t be silly people, wait and see the film, then do whatever you want about it.

  • 37 2-10-2011 at 1:13 pm

    Maxim said...

    Andrej, it’s clear to me that you and I talking about two entirely different things and so any attempt to build off what I was saying will probably not get anywhere. I really was not interested in making Oscar judgement calls and whether or not I praised Lloyd’s skills have absolutely nothing to do with it. I’m not even sure the following paragraph makes any sense:

    “What I meant is that even if she could direct something decent-ish out of Mamma Mia, I’m not sure if the sudden shift in topic will play for Streep’s favor, let alone the movie’s chances for a BP/BD nod.”

    This is only her second movie. We are splitting hairs here. In any case, I would like to remind you that Meryl Streep was once nominated for a Wes Craven movie.

    And Guy, that comment really does little to change my longstanding view that you have a very narrow idea of what constitutes quality filmmaking.

  • 38 2-10-2011 at 1:55 pm

    Ellsworth said...

    Yes, Meryl can get a nomination easily, but winning is going to happen only under extraordinary circumstances:

    – There won’t be another nominee who has a story and/or whose they’re currently in love with(ie, Sandra, Kate, Catherine, Shirley, ect.) Because they know there will be another chance, they will opt to vote for the other one who is due or remarkable regardless of how superior the performance is

    – The performance itself has to be more than they expect. Because she is (for the most part) consistently amazing, they are used to that. It’s been said they take her talent for granted. She needs a performance + movie + character that makes them see her in a whole new light

    – She takes time off. Not that I want that, but because she is ever present, working hard and pumping out movies year after year, they again don’t appreciate her if, per say, she took 5 + years of. That would help boost appreciation, love, ect and factor into a win

  • 39 2-10-2011 at 5:02 pm

    Andrej said...

    I’ll agree that I might be biased against the project since this is just Lloyd’s second movie right after Mamma Mia, but for all we know it could be the most awesome. All we have is a still. I’ll hold my breath until it gets released.

    But regardless, since Kris mentioned “people are predicting a third Oscar for Streep” in his post, I was just clinging to that bit of earlier conversation, you know.

  • 40 2-10-2011 at 6:41 pm

    Speaking English said...

    ***I mean, c’mon … she lost the Oscar to Kate Winslet in “The Reader.”***

    Kate Winslet was superb in “The Reader.”