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Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Meryl Streep is in a league of her own. One of the most celebrated actors of modern times, Streep has received 16 Oscar nominations, more than any actor or actress in the history of the awards. She has won two—the first for Best Actress in Sophie's Choice and the second for Best Supporting Actress in Kramer vs. Kramer. Last year, she was nominated for her portrayal of Sister Aloysius in the film adaptation of the John Patrick Shanley play Doubt.
This year, Streep traded the nun's habit for an apron to bring the queen of French cuisine, Julia Child, to the big screen. Julie & Julia interweaves Julia's life in the late 1940s with the life of modern-day blogger Julie Powell. From the flick of her whisk to her distinctive accent, Streep honors this culinary icon with an unforgettable performance.