Meryl Streep, who made her film debut in the 1977 best picture nominee “Julia,” has become virtually synonymous with the Academy Awards. But her nominated roles are just part of her long and storied film career, as the following photos show. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
“The Deer Hunter” was just Streep’s second film, but she was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for her work opposite Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.
After winning a supporting actress Oscar for 1979’s “Kramer vs. Kramer,” Streep won her second Academy Award, this one for best actress, for 1982’s “Sophie’s Choice,” co-starring Kevin Kline (pictured).
Streep earned another Academy Award nomination for her performance as real-life nuclear plant whistleblower Karen Silkwood, who was poisoned and tortured to keep her story silent. Cher, right, with Streep and Kurt Russell, also received an Oscar nomination. (ABC Motion Pictures)
Playing opposite Robert Redford, Streep received another Oscar nomination for best actress for her performance in Sydney Pollack’s historical doomed-love epic “Out of Africa.” (A Mirage Production)
Robert Zemeckis directed Streep and co-star Goldie Hawn, left, in the 1992 supernatural comedy “Death Becomes Her.” (Deana Newcomb / Universal Studios)
Streep tackled the role of 1960s Iowa farm wife Francesca Johnson in Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of the bestseller “Bridges of Madison County.” Streep earned an Oscar nomination for lead actress.
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In 1998’s “One True Thing,” Streep picked up another Oscar nomination, playing a cancer-stricken housewife. William Hurt, pictured, played Streep’s husband. (Eli Reed / Universal City Studios)
Streep earned another lead actress Academy Award nomination for 1999’s “Music of the Heart,” in which she played Harlem music teacher Roberta Guaspari. (Kerry Hayes / Miramax Films)
Streep blurred reality and fiction when she played the role of real-life author Susan Orlean in Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze’s meta-comedy “Adaptation.” She picked up a supporting actress Oscar nomination for her performance. (Columbia Pictures)
2002’s “The Hours” earned nine Oscar nominations, but Streep, right, with Claire Danes, wasn’t among the nominees. However, Nicole Kidman won an Oscar for lead actress, and Julianne Moore and Ed Harris received nominations. (Clive Coote / Paramount Pictures)
Streep got silly with Jim Carrey in 2004’s “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” based on the bestselling book series. A sequel never materialized. (Francois Duhamel / Paramount Pictures)
Streep joined Denzel Washington in the 2004 remake of 1962’s “The Manchurian Candidate.” She played the role of Mrs. Shaw, originated by Angela Lansbury. (Ken Regan / Paramount Pictures)
Streep played a therapist in the 2005 romantic comedy “Prime,” starring Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg. (Andrew Schwartz / Universal Studios)
In another Oscar-nominated leading turn, Streep played Miranda Priestly, a sharp-tongued fashion magazine editor inspired by Anna Wintour, in 2006’s “The Devil Wears Prada.” (Barry Wetcher / Twentieth Century Fox)
Streep played tough-as-nails Catholic nun Sister Aloysius in this adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s Tony-winning play “Doubt,” opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman. She picked up a lead actress Oscar nomination in the process. (Andrew Schwartz / Miramax Film Corp)
Streep surprised audiences by belting out ABBA classics in the 2008 musical “Mamma Mia!” From left, Julie Walters, Streep and Christine Baranski. (Peter Mountain / Universal Pictures)
In 2009’s “It’s Complicated,” Streep’s character rekindles a romance with her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin), who has since remarried. (Melinda Sue Gordo / Universal Studios)
Streep earned yet another Oscar nomination for her performance as famed chef Julia Child in 2009’s “Julie and Julia.” (Jonathan Wenk / Columbia Pictures)
In “The Iron Lady,” Streep portrayed former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on her complex quest for power and control in a man’s world. She won her third Oscar for the film. (Alex Bailey / The Weinstein Company)
Streep and Tommy Lee Jones teamed to play a couple hoping to reignite their marriage in 2012’s “Hope Springs.” (Barry Wetcher / Columbia Pictures)
In the dark 2013 comedy “August: Osage County,” Streep played the matriarch of a dysfunctional family whose members are forced to reunite because of a crisis. She was nominated for an Academy Award. (Claire Folger / The Weinstein Company)
In 2014, Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges took supporting roles in the the dystopian drama “The Giver,” based on the successful young adult novel. (David Bloomer / The Weinstein Co.)
The musical fantasy “Into the Woods” earned Streep her 19th Oscar nomination.
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In 2014, Streep picked up a guitar as bandleader Ricki, alongside real-life rocker Rick Springfield in Jonathan Demme’s “Ricki and the Flash.”
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Streep had a small but influential role as Emmeline Pankhurst, an outspoken voice during the suffragette movement, in Sarah Gavron’s 2014 film “Suffragette.”
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Most recently, Streep was nominated for a SAG award and a Golden Globe for her role in “Florence Foster Jenkins.”