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

by Sophia Savage
January 2, 2012 1:35 PM
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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]

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  • Just Asking | January 3, 2012 7:44 AMReply

    How much did Davis pay you? Is she and the Sta Barbara Award even relevant to this article?

  • jingmei | January 2, 2012 11:28 PMReply

    why every film played by Meryl Streep just becomes her film runs for Oscar. Viola Davis is at the most just one of the runners of the coming up Academy Awards for sure.

  • scott | January 2, 2012 3:35 PMReply

    why don't they just give her a free ticket to the Oscar every year...they forgot to give her one for Mamma Mia, Devil Wears Prada, Deer Hunter, and so forth...i mean, the Academy's little "clique" with Streep, Blanchette, Mirren and Dench are always pretty much a lock...if i'm Sarah Michelle Gellar, my next role I'd want is to play the Queen because everyone that does it, wins it seems...too bad overrated actors always win this thing and not the quality ones very often...

  • mildredp | January 2, 2012 2:22 PMReply

    Um, isn't Michelle Williams also frontrunner, more so than Davis?

  • dasphoto | January 2, 2012 3:39 PM


    This seems to be somewhat of a manipulative article in the sense of sort of squeezing in a "oh and btw she is the front runner" when really Michelle Williams has picked up the most awards and nominations so far.

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