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Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” took home the top prize at the 90th Academy Awards in what was considered one of the most wide open best picture races in years. The fantasy creature romance also won the Oscars for directing, original score and production design. 

A number of the night’s winners were first-time nominees including Jordan Peele, who won the Oscar for original screenplay for his horror satire “Get Out.” Allison Janney, who won for supporting actress, and Sam Rockwell, who won for supporting actor, were also first-time nominees. 

Frances McDormand gave one of the most rousing speeches of the night when accepting the lead actress Oscar for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” while Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph left viewers wanting the pair to host an awards show of their own. 

Flashback

In 1983, Meryl Streep was already on an Oscars roll

The year is 1983 and the nominees in the lead actress category are standouts: Debra Winger, Sissy Spacek, Jessica Lange and Julie Andrews, but all of them fell short of the one, the only, Meryl Streep.

Streep took home her second Academy Award that year for her performance in “Sophie’s Choice.” It was her fourth Oscar nomination in five years.

Thirty-five years later, little has changed for Streep beyond the names of her competition. She’s again nominated for lead actress, and this year she faces formidable foes in Saoirse Ronan, Frances McDormand, Sally Hawkins and Margot Robbie. 

Regardless of whether Streep takes home the Oscar for “The Post,” the nomination alone – her 21st – pads her lead as the most nominated performer in the acting categories in Academy Award history. Her nearest competitors are Jack Nicholson and the late Katharine Hepburn, with 12 apiece. 

All hail Oscar queen Meryl Streep! Long may she reign!

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