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Meryl Streep’s Past Oscar Wins

Claudine Zap
Coverage of The 84th Annual Academy Awards®
February 27, 2012

Meryl Streep picked up her third Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony for her starring role in "The Iron Lady."

The celebrated performer has received no fewer than 17 Oscar nominations, but she hasn't actually won a gold statuette in three decades. News of the star's Oscar win had fans heading to the Web to search out "meryl streep oscars" to find out just which were her Oscar-winning roles.

The celebrated thespian first picked up an Oscar for best-supporting actress in the wrenching family drama, "Kramer vs. Kramer," in 1979. And the accolades only grew.

Streep's ability to pick up an accent, evident in her role as the British prime minister, was first showcased in the movie that won her much acclaim closer to the start of her career: "Sophie's Choice." The 1982 film, based on the book by William Styron, tells of the character of a Polish Holocaust survivor, played by Streep. For her haunting performance, she received the Academy Award for best actress.

Since then, Streep has walked the red carpet and sat in the front row at the Academy Awards multiple times, and left those ceremonies empty-handed. In the past, the multi-talented actress has been nominated in the best actress category for her roles in "Silkwood," "Out of Africa," and "Postcards from the Edge" and "The Bridges of Madison County." Even so, the acting veteran knows that she's not exactly an underdog.

In her acceptance speech for best actress in "The Iron Lady," the actress joked, "When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, 'Oh no ... her again.'" But many may simply have been wondering about her past awards. The 62-year-old has long been a familiar face in films for decades, but as Streep herself pointed out, many fans weren't even conceived when she received her first Oscars.

The star finally broke her 30-year losing streak at last night's ceremony.

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