Meryl Streep Is So Proud of ‘Little Women’ – Could She Win Another Oscar?

Mery Streep will be playing ornery Aunt March in Little Women, which will be opening in theaters on Christmas Day. It’s just the latest in the diverse range of roles the legendary actress has played.

Meryl Streep in 2012 accepting Academy Award for her role as Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady'
Meryl Streep in 2012 accepting Academy Award for her Best Actress role as Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’ | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Recently, the actress opened up about how much she believes in the new film, and not just as an actress. Find out what she had to say, plus just how many Academy Awards the multi-Oscar-winning Streep has in her trophy case.

Meryl Streep talks about her upcoming role in ‘Little Women’

Meryl Streep is extraordinarily proud of the screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women that she’s a part of. Set after the Civil War, the highly anticipated holiday release also stars Saoirse Ronan as Jo March, Emma Watson as Meg March, and Laura Dern as Mary March.

As she told USA Today in September, “Not to hype it, but Little Women is like a masterpiece.”

“It’s the first great, honestly epic movie shot by a woman, from a woman’s point of view, written by a woman, from a source of a woman’s novel,” declared Streep. “And the men in it are great.”

“It took us to this moment to get to this movie. . . It is really the vernacular women speak in, think in, dream in. It’s so not what you expect, it’s really not. It’s linear, it’s intuitive, it’s great.”

Streep’s many Oscar nominations and wins

The actress has been nominated 21 times for Academy Awards and has won three times: Best Supporting Actress in 1980’s Kramer vs. Kramer, Best Actress in 1983 for Sophie’s Choice, and most recently, she earned the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Margaret Thatcher in 2012’s The Iron Lady.

In playing the role of the British prime minister, Streep grew to admire Thatcher, despite being from vastly differing political views.

Meryl Streep in 1983 accepting Academy Award for her role in 'Sophie's Choice'
Meryl Streep in 1983 accepting Academy Award for her Best Actress role in ‘Sophie’s Choice’ | Fotos International/Getty Images

“I was aware of her very early on,” she told Radio Times in 2011, “…even though her policies were not popular, to say the least, in my circles, people were kind of thrilled that a woman had become leader.”

Meryl Streep in 1980 with Academy Award for her Supporting Actress role in 'Kramer vs. Kramer'
Meryl Streep in 1980 with Academy Award for her Supporting Actress role in ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ | Michael Montfort/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

“When I was in college. . .you could, perhaps, become leader of a company, maybe if they made make-up. You could be editor of a magazine but only if it was a woman’s magazine … that’s the world that Margaret Thatcher entered and then rose right to the very top and it’s extraordinary.”

Could she win an Oscar for Little Women? For Streep, anything is possible. A Best Actress Oscar looks likely for Ronan, but we’ll have to wait and see.

How Streep inspired a scene in ‘Little Women’

In Little Women, Amy March, played by Florence Pugh, forcefully tells Laurie Laurence, portrayed by Timothee Chalamet, that she feels held back by the place of women in their world and that she didn’t even own her own children.

The film’s director, Greta Gerwig spoke to the Teen Vogue Summit in October and explained how that scene was inspired in Gerwig’s mind by a conversation she had had with Streep.

“When I started working on this project, Meryl Streep did just tell me that she was going to be in it. Because she loves the book. . . We had a lunch and she said, ‘This is what you have to communicate to the audience about the position of women, that they don’t even own their own children.'”

“‘It’s not just that they couldn’t vote, it’s not just that they didn’t have jobs. They didn’t own anything. If you wanted to leave a marriage, you could leave but you would leave with nothing, not even your kids. So it is the decision.’ So I basically verbatim took that and gave that to Florence.”

Streep continues to inspire and accomplish in the film industry, no matter what she works on.

Little Women is in theaters on Dec. 25

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