Meryl Streep: The Oscars should not be the 'caboose' of awards season

Julie-and-Julia_lPerhaps you’ve heard that a movie called Julie & Julia is out today. And perhaps you’ve also heard that critics are heaping glowing praise on one of the film’s stars, Meryl Streep, for her joyous, uncanny portrayal of legendary chef Julia Child. Acclaim for Streep inevitably leads to Oscar buzz, and so far, J&J is maintaining the tradition. Which thrills me. Streep may be the most nominated actor in Oscar history, but of her astonishing 15 nods, she has only won twice. Yep. Meryl Streep has the same number of Oscars as Hilary Swank. No offense to Swank, but that’s just wrong.

Anyway, when I had the pleasure of sitting down with Streep last month to chat about J&J, we got to talking about the Oscars. Streep was too humble to dwell on her own achievements, but she did say that being nominated is still exciting to her: “It’s a very, very big deal.” What troubles her, though, is that the Academy Awards come too late in the season. “As time has gone on, so many other televised award shows precede the Oscars, and I do think that’s diluted their importance,” she said. “Certainly, everybody seems exhausted by the time the same people have trampled up on stage at the Golden Globes, the SAGs, the Broadcast Film Critics, the Baftas….There are so many now and they’re all on TV. I mean, you wanna see some real acting? Watch somebody who’s won five times before they get to the Oscars, then they get up on stage and they do the performance of, ‘Oh! Yes!’ Wow, that’s a big job! And who could blame them?” Streep then made the bold suggestion that the Oscars should kick off the kudos season: “I think the Academy should move it up to Jan. 1 and preempt everybody else. That is the big Kahuna, it’s the one that counts. And I think it’s just so bizarre that they allow themselves to be the caboose.”

If Streep were to start a campaign to move the Oscars to New Year’s Day, I’d gladly volunteer to help her spread the word. Who of us isn’t totally over the whole damn thing by the time the red carpet rolls out at the Kodak?

So are you with me on this one? Should the Academy leap to the front of the line?


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  • torrence5

    Yes, Oscar should be sooner & if it was the first award of the season it would signify which actors/actressess & films, etc should be rewarded. Now a days it seems the Oscar is following the lead & not setting it. Plus this way Oscar can pick who it believes deserves to win & not get caught up in the hype of other awards.

  • Clarence

    Yes, I agree

  • Rahul

    The Academy has bigger problems, like older voters who aren’t in touch with public sentiment and 10 damn nominees for Best Picture this year.

  • apuluvmanjula

    I would gladly hail the move if the other awards shows wouldn’t follow suit and move their ceremonies to December or earlier, which would undoubtedly happen.

    The reason the Oscars are last is because all the other awards shows want to beat the Oscars to the punch. When the Oscars moved up a few weeks from mid March to late February/early March back in 2004, the Golden Globes, SAGs, and everyone else did the same thing. There are just too many awards, pure and simple.

  • keith

    Frankly, I say anything Ms. Streep wants, she should get. :)

    • Jane

      Agreed.

  • John

    I’m game, as long as she makes that action movie that we were talking about in a previous PopWatch post.

  • bunker

    The Oscars on New Years Day would be perfect. You wake up hungover from the night before, veg all day and turn on the TV at night and watch the awards show. Then fall asleep when the shows over. I really would LOVE if that happens.

  • jfms777

    Once again, Meryl, you hit the right note. Very smart.

  • Brian

    to add insult to injury, of the two oscars she has, only 1 is a Best Actress statue. The other, her first, is of course for Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer. So yes…Hilary Swank has 2 best actress, and meryl only has one.

    I love Hilary, but this is just a crime!

    • Brian

      Just to add to that, since this has got me worked up, it has been 27 years and 11 nominations since she has one an academy award. Isn’t that ridiculous? Any other actor who has gone 11 nominations without winning would have the public crying bloody murder.

    • claudenorth

      How is it adding insult to injury that she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar? IT WAS A SUPPORTING ROLE! And what is this obsession people have over Streep not having more Oscars? She has two competitive Oscars, which is two more than Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, and Marilyn Monroe combined.

    • Armando

      Hilary Swank having TWO Oscars as best actress is a crime. Period.

  • Lynny

    yeah, basically what Streep wants, Streep gets, in my opinion. She is just fabulous.

  • AK

    How about we get mad at the people who actually denied Meryl more Oscars? Because it sure wasn’t Hilary Swank’s fault (and she definitely deserves both of hers).

  • jas

    Oscars end award season because you save the best for last. Who cares who wins a SAG especially if you already know who won the Oscar?

  • Steve

    New Years Day isn’t feasible because the show would have to compete with the college football bowl games. Two weeks into January might work.

  • davidsask

    She speaks entire truth, the losers who run Hollywood will never let it happen though!@

  • fancypants

    the oscars should be the last awards b/c it’s the most important & the one most people care about. if the oscars came first no one would watch the other film award shows. also, the building anticipation only adds to the excitement/prestige of the oscars.

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