Meryl Streep's much-anticipated return to film will, if everything goes according to plan, most definitely give her another Oscar nomination. If you are someone who loves Streep as much as I do, you will certainly be excited. This time around, the Christmas-time launch of August: Osage County will be hotly anticipated for Oscar frontrunner status this year.
Today, however, I received some game-changing news regarding the movie and Streep. She will be knocked down to Supporting rather than lead, causing the Lead Actress race to not be as competitive in my opinion, but also leaves second placer in my opinion, Naomi Watts playing Princess Diana in Diana, to be on a fast course to win. She never won before and if the movie is very well received then it will certainly leave her en route for the little golden naked man. If not her, Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet and Julie Delpy are all next in line to potientally snatch it away, not necessarily in that order of course.
But where does that leave Meryl? Well, beforehand I felt that Supporting Actress race is not particularly strong, with the possibility that Octavia Spencer will get her second or Oprah Winfrey will nab her first (though I felt that she, along with Whoopi Goldberg, should've won in The Color Purple). But now those women will probably be overshadowed by Streep. Again, "August" hasn't been released yet, and it could be Margo Martindale or Julia Roberts that gets in and Streep getting out. However seeing the Oscars' love affair that they have with her, could this mean that she will win four times, more than any thespian on the face of this, or any other, earth? We will have to wait and see.