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Oscar Front-Runner Streep to Accept Berlinale's Golden Bear Lifetime Achievement Award

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 2, 2012 at 1:35PM

The Berlinale's honorary lifetime achievement award, the Golden Bear, will be given to "The Iron Lady"'s Meryl Streep on February 14. The Berlin fest's Dieter Kosslick calls Streep "a brilliant, versatile performer who moves with ease between dramatic and comedic roles."
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Iron Lady poster, Streep

The Berlinale's honorary lifetime achievement award, the Golden Bear, will be given to "The Iron Lady"'s Meryl Streep on February 14. The Berlin fest's Dieter Kosslick calls Streep "a brilliant, versatile performer who moves with ease between dramatic and comedic roles," and says they are "delighted to be able to award the honorary Golden Bear to such a terrific artist and world star." "The Iron Lady" will screen at the festival, as will Streep's "Out of Africa," "The Bridges of Madison County" and "A Prairie Home Companion." Streep has been recognized at the Berlinale before, in 1999 with the Berlinale Camera and in 2003 when she and co-stars Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman accepted the Silver Bear for "The Hours."

With this honor, Streep joins the ranks of past recipients Kirk Douglas, Shirley MacLaine, Sophia Loren, Gregory Peck and Elia Kazan.

Streep is considered one of two front-runners for the Best Actress Oscar. The other is "The Help"'s Viola Davis, who is Santa Barbara's Outstanding Performer of the Year.

[Via Variety]

This article is related to: Meryl Streep, Meryl Streep, Awards, Awards, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.