This article marks Part 21, the final chapter of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep
at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.
In 1977, while Meryl Streep was making her film debut in “Julia
,” Steven Spielberg
was still basking in the smashing success of “Jaws
” (1975). Spielberg’s follow-up that year, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind
,” may not have shattered box office records like “Jaws
” but it did earn the filmmaker his first Oscar nomination in Best Director.
Over the following 40 years, Streep and Spielberg would lock down 21 and 17 Oscar nominations respectively, with each scoring three victories. While their paths would occasionally cross on Oscar night – Streep’s victory for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) fell on the same evening Spielberg’s “E.