This article marks Part 7 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, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.
On paper, “Heartburn
” (1986) had the sound of a surefire smash. The picture reunited the talented trio from “Silkwood
” (1983) – leading lady Meryl Streep, director Mike Nichols
and screenwriter Nora Ephron
. Production on the film hit a snag early on, as Nichols, seeing no magic between he and Streep, fired leading man Mandy Patinkin
after mere days of shooting. Things would presumably still be A-ok, however, if not better, considering Patinkin’s replacement was none other than Jack Nicholson
, hot as ever with his Academy Awards victory for “Terms of Endearment
” (1983) and success the year prior with “Prizzi’s Honor” (1985).
That summer, “Heartburn
” hit theaters to reviews