This article marks Part 9 of the 21-part Gold Derby series 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.
By 1989, Meryl Streep had graced the silver screen in 15 motion pictures. Thirteen of these were dramas, with the exceptions being “Manhattan
” (1979), in which Streep had a small supporting role, and “Heartburn
” (1986), a critical and financial failure. So, it was about time that Streep at last scored a leading role in a successful comedy.
” (1989) found Streep in the broadest, loosest form of her career. Portraying flamboyant romantic novelist Mary Fisher, opposite Roseanne Barr
, Streep herself garnered positive notices but the picture flopped even harder than “Heartburn
,” spending one week in the box office top 10.
Her follow-up to “She-Devil
” had shades of “Heartburn
” on paper.