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By HZhang, Cortland, NY

On February 26, 2012, Meryl Streep won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” Throughout her four-decade-long career, Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award seventeen times; this is the third time she’s won. Her last gold statuette was for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982). This year, “The Iron Lady” was two for two in terms of Academy Award nominations and wins; the other nomination and win was for “Best Makeup.”

These two awards make a perfect summary of this film: Meryl Streep is a spectacular actress and her makeup artist did a spectacular job to make her look like Margaret Thatcher. Without Streep, “The Iron Lady” would have failed in the box office and been condemned by British right-wingers as a cruel attack on an aging former Prime Minister.

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