Four Degrees of Meryl Streep

Now that I have finished the 2013-2018 nominees I can finally focus on the very first ceremony. This week I have watched:

– The Circus (1928)
Winner of a honorary award: Charlie Chaplin.
Chaplin was originally nominated for Best Directing – Comedy Picture (The first and only time this was its own category) but received this letter dated feb. 19, 1929: “. . . The Academy Board of Judges on merit awards for individual achievements in motion picture arts during the year ending August 1, 1928, unanimously decided that your name should be removed from the competitive classes, and that a special first award be conferred upon you for writing, acting, directing and producing The Circus. The collective accomplishments thus displayed place you in a class by yourself.”

– Speedy (1928)
Nominated for Best Directing – Comedy Picture: Ted Wilde.

– The Last Command (1928)
Winner Best Actor: Emil Jannings.
Jannings won his oscar for his performances in The Last Command and the now lost film The Way of All Flesh. Jannings didn’t attend the ceremony as he had left Hollywood for Germany. He received the oscar before he traveled home, making him the very first recipient of an oscar.

But earlier in the week I had myself a Streep streak:

– Into the Woods (2014)
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Meryl Streep.
Nominated for Best Achievement in Costume Design: Colleen Atwood.
Nominated for Best Achievement in Production Design: Dennis Gassner (production design), Anna Pinnock (set decoration).
This movie starred both Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt, which lead me to…

– The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep.
Nominated for Best Achievement in Costume Design: Patricia Field.
This movie also starred both Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt. And also Stanley Tucci, which lead me to…

– Julie & Julia (2009)
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep.
This movie also starred both Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci. And Amy Adams… Then I remembered…

– Doubt (2008)
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep.
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Amy Adams.
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis.
Nominated for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: John Patrick Shanley.
Which has both Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in it, thus ending this Streep streak.

And thus also ending this week’s report.

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