Not only is Meryl Streep the most decorated American actor or actress, with a record-setting 20 Oscar nominations. She’s also queen of the award show reaction shot. Whether responding to her category’s announcement or cheering on a telecast’s proceedings, Streep is the most GIF-worthy celebrity at any of Hollywood’s prestige gatherings. Here are 12 of the best, ranked.
That was the year the Oscars brought out actors to deliver monologues about each nominee. She’s mouthing, “Thank you, Sophia.” (As in Loren.)
Meryl is very good at playing coy.
Streep and co-star Julia Roberts were laughing at Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Golden Globe monologue, in which Fey joked, “Meryl Streep, so brilliant in ‘August: Osage County,’ proving that there are still great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60.”
Who got the lucky salute during this Best Actress reel?
She could feel a win coming on. (It was for “Sophie’s Choice.”)
She saw it.
She was blowing a kiss to Best Actress winner Cher, who said, “And I also would like to thank Mary Louise Streep, who I feel so unbelievable that I did my first movie with her and now I was nominated with her, and I feel really thankful.”
This was Streep’s fourth Golden Globe win.
This was more of a flummoxed ruffle. Gotta get creative by your third nomination.
This was Streep’s eighth Golden Globe win.
In the requisite thanking-of-the-fellow-nominees, teary Best Actress winner Gwyneth Paltrow said, “And the greatest one who ever was, Meryl Streep — I don’t feel very deserving of this in your presence.” Meryl was shook.
She cheered on Patricia Arquette’s equal-pay speech while seated next to J.Lo. She also knew she owns the Oscars.