20 Times Meryl Streep Was Completely Oscar-Worthy

Meryl is known as our best living actress, and here are 20 times she proved it.

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    Ricki and the Flash

    When she proved that having kids doesn't have to mean giving up on fun.

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    When she brought new life to literature - and the orchid.

  3. 3

    Music of the Heart

    When she reminded us of the power of music to change lives.

  4. 4

    A Prairie Home Companion

    When she made the behind-the-scenes escapades of a radio show seem fraught with tension - and humor.

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    When she proved how important it is to comfort those who need you.

  6. 6

    Julie & Julia

    When she reminded us that cooking can be a true delight.

  7. 7

    The Iron Lady

    When she brought empathy and sorrow to a major political figure.

  8. 8

    Mamma Mia!

    When she proved, yes, she could also sing.

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    When she took determination and religious doubt to new levels.

  10. 10

    The Devil Wears Prada

    When she reminded us all of our worst bosses - and made it fun.

  11. 11

    The Bridges of Madison County

    When she made an affair both passionate and heartbreaking.

  12. 12

    Death Becomes Her

    When she turned being a "frenemy" into the ultimate battle for immortality.

  13. 13

    The Hours

    When she devoted one day to one perfect celebration.

  14. 14

    August: Osage County

    When she made bitter seem equal parts regal and sad.

  15. 15

    Out of Africa

    When she embarked on two complicated relationships with complicated men.

  16. 16

    The Manchurian Candidate

    When she took her powers to the legal system by pressuring others to do her bidding.

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    Kramer vs. Kramer

    When she challenged the stereotype of the single mother.

  18. 18

    A Cry in the Dark

    When the dingo got her baby.

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    When she fought for justice against the company that was literally killing her.

  20. 20

    Sophie's Choice

    When she made a choice no one should ever have to make - and spent the rest of her days suffering for it.

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