Best Meryl Streep Oscars Snubbed Movies and Performances, Ranked

Having Meryl Streep for over five decades just isn’t enough. We need more. And with three Oscars (so far) and the most nods in history, you’d think there wouldn’t be too many “snubs” for the legendary actor, but alas, there are many.

Variety ranks Streep’s 10 best film performances that were not nominated for an Academy Award.

Streep has been a film industry staple, often described as our greatest living actress, and shows no signs of slowing down. With three Oscars (supporting actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer” and lead actress for “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron Lady”), three Emmys (lead actress limited for “Holocaust” and “Angels in America” and outstanding narrator for “Five Came Back”), six Grammy nominations, and just a single Tony mention in her career, Streep has had plenty of awards recognition.

As we venture through the history of Streep’s impressive work, connecting the term “snub” to the most decorated actress of all time is a strange predicament. A magnet for awards since she started, her first feature acting credit was in Fred Zinnemann’s “Julia” (1977), which picked up 11 Oscar nominations, including best picture, winning three for supporting actor (Jason Robards), supporting actress (Vanessa Redgrave), and adapted screenplay (Alvin Sargent).

Looking through her awards history, a few performances have been nominated by BAFTA, Golden Globes, and other bodies that haven’t received Academy recognition. Turns in films like “She-Devil” (1989), “The River Wild” (1993), “Marvin’s Room” (1996), and “The Hours” (2002) have all come up short on Oscar nomination morning, despite critical acclaim. Even performances that didn’t find any awards traction — like “Still of the Night” (1982) opposite Roy Scheider and “Falling in Love” alongside Robert De Niro — have their fans, though they may not be as widely seen as others.

While not an EGOT yet (maybe one day?), Streep is undoubtedly one of the best in the business.

Read Variety’s list of Streep’s non-Oscar-nominated best performances below.

Honorable mentions: “Mamma Mia!”(2008); “Marvin’s Room” (1996); “Ricki and the Flash” (2015); “She-Devil” (1989)

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