Meryl Streep is highly recognized as today's "most talented living actress." This should come as no great surprise, as the woman has racked up 19 Oscar nominations - more than any other actor or actress, with a total of three wins. She's also received a record breaking 29 Golden Globe nominations, five Grammy Award nominations, and two SAG wins.
This August, Streep returns to the big screen, starring as the title character in Florence Foster Jenkins. And just from the trailer alone, we can't help but wonder if she'll be attending the Oscar's next season …as a nominated performer.
To celebrate Streep's widely successful career, we've put together a list of six performances she's well known for. See if your favorite made the cut!
6. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Meryl Streep won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the family drama. The film went on to win four other awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor.
5. Sophie's Choice (1982)
Just three years later, Streep was winning Oscar gold again. This time, she received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as a Polish holocaust survivor.
4. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Streep earned another Oscar nomination in 1995 for playing opposite Clint Eastwood in this romantic drama based on the best-selling novel of the same name. Interestingly enough, Eastwood also directed and produced the film.
3. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
In one of her most commercial roles to date, Streep starred as Miranda Priestly, a New York City fashion editor. Also based on a based-selling novel, Streep received an Oscar nominated for Best Actress, but lost to Helen Mirren.
2. The Iron Lady (2011)
However, five years later, Streep took home her third Oscar (second for Best Actress) for her portrayal of Margret Thatcher, the longest-serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century.
1. August: Osage County (2013)
More recently, Streep led an all-star cast that included Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, and Juliette Lewis in this family-drama based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning play of the same name. For her role in the film she was nominated for her 18th Academy Award.
It's hard to predict if Florence Foster Jenkins will net Meryl Streep her 20th Oscar nomination, especially without having seen the film. However, we have no doubts that she will eventually break her own record and again be praised at the Academy Awards for her unparalleled acting abilities.