Best Supporting Actress 2014: Meryl Streep for Into the Woods

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A photo of Meryl Streep in Into the Woods

Oscar History: Three wins from 18 nominations
Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Deer Hunter (1978)
Won: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)
Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Sophie’s Choice (1982)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Silkwood (1983)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Out of Africa (1985)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ironweed (1987)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Evil Angels (1988)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for One True Thing (1998)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Music of the Heart (1999)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Adaptation. (2002)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Doubt (2008)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Julie and Julia (2009)
Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Iron Lady (2011)
Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for August: Osage County (2013)

Oscar Present?
Role: The Witch, who’s cursed the Baker’s Wife (Emily Blunt) and the Baker (James Corden). She’s also known for throwing down a rap on occasion.

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Festivals: N/A

Why? Streep’s picked up nominations for films that wouldn’t have been awards players without her involvement, and Disney will give Into the Woods a massive awards push, so you can do the math. The “Meryl’s singing!” factor will help, too. Throwing this flashy role into the supporting race gives Streep an extra advantage. Featuring in Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman – a best-actress hopeful for Hilary Swank – gives her extra exposure.

Why not? Will Oscar voters even take Into the Woods seriously beyond its crafts? Will other actors steal her thunder

Ranking: No. 3 as of Oct. 19, 2014

More on the competition:
Best Actress in a Supporting Role 2014

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: Into the Woods (more)
Best Director 2014: Rob Marshall for Into the Woods (more)
Best Actress 2014: Emily Blunt for Into the Woods (more)
Best Actor 2014: James Corden for Into the Woods (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Anna Kendrick for Into the Woods (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Chris Pine for Into the Woods (more)
Best Adapted Screenplay 2014: James Lapine for Into the Woods (more)

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