Published On: Jan 12 2012 05:10:33 PM ESTUpdated On: Jun 22 2015 09:14:53 AM EDT
Join us for a look back at the career of the most-nominated actress in Oscar history, Meryl Streep.
She got her first nomination, for Best Supporting Actress, for 1978's "The Deer Hunter," only her second movie role after 1977's "Julia."
She followed up "The Deer Hunter" with a role in Woody Allen's 1979 ode to New York "Manhattan."
Her first Oscar came for Best Supporting Actress for the Best Picture winner "Kramer vs. Kramer" in 1980.
Three years later she snagged the Best Actress Oscar for "Sophie's Choice," the second and most recent Oscar win of her career so far.
In between she earned another Best Actress nod for "The French Lieutenant's Woman," a 1981 romantic period drama co-starring Jeremy Irons.
She kept racking up the Oscar nominations with nearly every role, including Best Actress in 1983 for "Silkwood" ...
... Best Actress again in 1986 for Sydney Pollack's Best Picture Oscar winner "Out of Africa" ...
... again in 1988 for "Ironweed" ...
.. actress, once again, in 1989 for the docudrama "A Cry in the Dark" ...
... and Best Actress again in 1991 for "Postcards from the Edge," co-starring Dennis Quaid.
1992 saw her star in Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis' comedy "Death Becomes Her," along with Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis.
She stayed hot as an Iowan farm wife having an affair with Clint Eastwood's character in 1995's "The Bridges of Madison County." The role earned her another Oscar nod in 1996.
Her role in "One True Thing" earned her another Best Actress Oscar nomination in 1999.
She received another Best Actress Oscar nomination in 2000 for "Music of the Heart."
Streep did not receive an Oscar nomination for the 2003 Best Picture nominee "The Hours," but she did receive a Golden Globe nomination, one of 26 so far in her career.
Spike Jonze's "Adaptation" also earned her another Globe nod that year, which she won, as well as her 13th Oscar nomination, beating Katharine Hepburn's record.
In 2004, she played a small role in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events."
2006 saw her take on a role in "A Prairie Home Companion," based off Garrison Keillor's popular radio show.
But her bigger role in 2006 was in "The Devil Wears Prada," which not only launched Anne Hathaway's career, but earned Streep her 14th Oscar nod.
In 2008 Streep showed off her singing chops, starring with Pierce Brosnan in the ABBA-themed musical "Mama Mia!"
While she did receive a Globe nomination for "Mamma Mia!," it was her role in "Doubt" that earned her 12th Best Actress Oscar nomination, reaching the same number as Hepburn.
Streep took on the role of legendary chef Julia Child in 2009's "Julie & Julia."
But Streep didn't just stick to "Julie & Julia" in 2009, she also starred in the comedy "It's Complicated," opposite Alec Baldwin.
Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." The role won her her third Oscar in a record 17 nominations.
In 2012, Streep starred in the comedy-drama "Hope Springs," which paired her with Tommy Lee Jones as a middle-aged couple who attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.
In 2013, Streep starred alongside Julia Roberts in "August: Osage County."
Streep appeared in "Into the Woods" in 2015. She received an Oscar nomination for Best Support Actress for her role as the witch.