american actress meryl streepthe interpreter most times nominated for the Oscars and the Golden Globes in history, has been distinguished this Wednesday with the Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts 2023.
The jury has praised “honesty and responsibility” of the American actress when choosing their works “at the service of inspiring and exemplary narratives”, and “for dignifying the art of interpretation and ensuring that ethics and coherence transcend through their work, with the virtue of emphasizing that human beings , and specifically women, must beat and stand out from their singularity, from their difference”.
Throughout her long career, the emblematic and versatile actress has been awarded three Oscars for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Sophie’s decision (1982) and The woman of iron (2011), and has nine Golden Globes, as well as two Baftas from the British Academy.
Proposal by Almodóvar: “He does everything well”
The candidacy of Streep, the second actress to be awarded the Princess of the Arts after nuria espert in 2016, and the fifth if their professional colleagues are included Woody Allen (2002), Vittorio Gassman (1997) and Fernando Fernan-Gomez (1995), was proposed by the director Pedro Almodóvarwhich was awarded the same award in 2006.
In a statement, the director celebrated the jury’s choice, highlighting the “versatility” of Meryl Streep, “an actress with a wide range who dominates all genres.” Almodóvar has spared no praise for the actress, of whom he says that “everything is done well and everything is done naturally and truthfully”reason for which he considers that “she is a very worthy bearer” of the award.
His successes, decade by decade
Considered the great lady of Hollywood, Streep (1949, Basking Ridge, New Jersey) began her film career in the seventies and has portrayed some of the most memorable characters in the history of the seventh art in her more than sixty films. Streep, who has been nominated up to 21 times for the Oscars, has masterfully interpreted the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the first American newspaper editor, Katharine Graham or the British suffragist leader Emmeline Pankhurst. her role in The woman of iron It made her win a good number of awards, such as the New York Film Critics Circle for Best Actress, the Golden Bear of Honor at the Berlin Film Festival and her third Oscar, for Best Actress.
Best actress of the years 80 for film critics, this decade left behind many of his best performances: silkwood (1983), a role for which she was nominated for an Oscar; Memories of Africa (1985), by Sydney Pollack, together with robert redford and that gave him another Oscar nomination; Plenty (1985), by Fred Schepisi or iron stem (1987) together with Jack Nickolsona superb performance for which she was again nominated for an Oscar.
In the 90another of his memorable successes was the mythical film of The Madison Bridgesnext to clin eastwood. And in the 2000Streep surprised in 2008 in Mamma Mia!by changing records, singing and dancing non-stop and triumphing in the film version of the stage musical.
His beginnings in the theater
Descendant of a family of Sephardic Jews, Streep is daughter of a graphic designer and a top executive and studied music, drama, and opera at Yale University. After being discovered at the Yale School of Drama – where she was enjoying a three-year scholarship – by theater promoter Joe Papp for his New York Public Theater, Streep, praised by theater critics, performed works by Shakespeare, Arthur Millar or Tennessee Williams. In 1977, filmmaker Fred Zinnemann offered her a small role in “Julia”, which marked her film debut, but it was her character “Inga Weis” in the TV series. Holocaust (1978) which marked its worldwide launch and for which it won the first Emmy for Best Actress. That same year she starred opposite Robert de Niro in Michael Cimino’s The Hunter, which earned her the Critics’ Choice Award and her first Oscar nomination for best supporting actress.
In addition to her successful film career, Streep has also been recognized for her activist role in social, humanitarian, feminists and environmentalists. He also dared, in 2017, to criticize the then president donald trump in its Golden Globes speech, in which he received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Honorary Award, for his poor treatment of “Hollywood, the press, and foreigners.” This comment earned him a superb response from the controversial politician and businessman, who called “overrated actress”. In addition, the actress was a spokesperson for the Council for the Defense of Natural Resources.
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