Yet, Meryl Streep, despite her multiple lead nominations has only one the lead actress trophy once (Sophie's Choice, pictured above) and the supporting trophy once (Kramer vs. Kramer).
I've started to notice...Streep gets nominated for many of her roles, but her films do not get nominated for best picture. This has to say something.
So I thought I would love and see how many of her 16 Academy Award nominations correlated to best picture nominations.
1979 - The Deer Hunter - (Supporting) - Film won best picture
1980 - Kramer vs. Kramer - (Supporting) - Won Supporting Actress Trophy - Film won best picture
1982 - The French Lieutant's Woman
1983 - Sophie's Choice - Won Lead Actress Trophy
1984 - Silkwood
1986 - Out of Africa - Film Won Best Picture
1988 - Ironweed
1989 - Evil Angels
1991 - Postcards from The Edge
1996 - The Bridges of Madison County
1999 - One True Thing
2000 - Music of the Heart
2003 - Adaptation - (Supporting)
2007 - The Devil Wears Prada
2009 - Doubt
2010 - Julie & Julia
Of Meryl Streep's 16 film nominations only three have been nominated for best picture. Both of them won the award (The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer, Out of Africa).
But it makes you wonder about Streep's ability to pick projects that do not just feature strong women, but also feature strong scripts and crews who can make not just a good role, but an important film.