BY BILLY SUTER
THERE is just no stopping the marvellous Meryl Streep – on January 6 she will arrive at Los Angeles’s Beverly Hilton Hotel for the 74th Golden Globe Awards, for what will mark her 30th acting nomination at this event.
This time the woman who has been nominated for more Golden Globes than any other person stands to win the statuette for her title role as a talentless opera singer in the glorious Florence Foster Jenkins.
However, even if she does not scoop the statuette, the 67-year-old, widely considered as the greatest actress of her generation, will still leave with an award.
She is this year’s recipient of the coveted Cecil B DeMille award for lifetime achievement. Previous recipients have included Denzel Washington, who took the award last year, as well as Walt Disney, Alfred Hitchcock, Gene Kelly, Henry Fonda, Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Doris Day, George Clooney, Woody Allen and Bing Crosby.
The award was first presented on February 21, 1952 at the ninth Golden Globe Awards ceremony, when it was named in honour of director DeMille, its first recipient.
Interestingly, the first woman to receive the statuette was Judy Garland, in 1962. The star of The Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born was 39 at the time, and became the youngest person to receive the award. On the other hand, Polish-born producer Samuel Goldwyn, at the age of 93, in 1973, was the oldest.
The first African-American to be given the award was Sidney Poitier, who received it in 1982, reports Wikipedia.
The Golden Globes website is highly enthusiastic about Streep being honoured this year, having recognised her talent as early as 1979, when she was nominated for the first time, in the best supporting actress category, for her work in The Deer Hunter.
Streep first became the most nominated performer in Golden Globes history in 2009, when her double lead actress nods for Doubt for (2008) and Mamma Mia! (2008) gave her 23 in total, reports Wikipedia.
The site also points out that back then Streep broke a tie she had shared with Jack Lemmon, Streep having received 22 lead nominations before Lemmon’s death in 2001.
The following year, adds Wikipedia, Streep overtook Jack Nicholson and Angela Lansbury , with six Golden Globe awards wins each, after receiving her seventh Golden Globe for her performance as Julia Child in the 2009 success, Julie & Julia.
It is also on record that in 2010, Steep broke her own record when she earned her 26th nomination and overall eighth win for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Streep, who has been married to sculptor Don Gummer since 1978, and has three children, received her 28th Golden Globe nomination for her performance in August :Osage County, at the 71st Golden Globe Awards.
Wikipedia adds that in 2014, Streep broke her own record again when she received her 29th Golden Globe nomination for her performance as the witch in the Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods. Now she has her 30th nod, for Florence Foster Jenkins.
The full list of nominations for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards which, this year, will be hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion, Manchester By the Sea, Moonlight.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women, Deadpool, La La Land, Florence Foster Jenkins, Sing Street
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Casey Affleck for Manchester By the Sea, Joel Edgerton for Loving, Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge, Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic, Denzel Washington for Fences.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Amy Adams for Arrival, Jessica Chastain for Miss Sloane, Isabelle Huppert for Elle, Ruth Negga for Loving, Natalie Portman for Jackie.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Colin Farrell for The Lobster, Ryan Gosling for La La Land, Hugh Grant for Florence Foster Jenkins, Jonah Hill for War Dogs, Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening for 20th Century Women, Lily Collins for Rules Don’t Apply, Hailee Steinfeld for The Edge of Seventeen, Emma Stone for La La Land, Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali for Moonlight, Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water, Simon Helberg for Florence Foster Jenkins, Dev Patel for Lion, Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Nocturnal Animals.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Viola Davis for Fences, Naomie Harris for Moonlight, Nicole Kidman for Lion, Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures, Michelle Williams for Manchester By the Sea.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle for La La Land, Tom Ford for Nocturnal Animals, Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge, Barry Jenkins for Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester By the Sea.
La La Land, Nocturnal Animals, Moonlight, Manchester By the Sea, Hell or High Water.
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Divines (France ), Elle (France), Neruda (Chile), The Salesman (Iran/France), Toni Erdmann (Germany).
Best Motion Picture – Animated
Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, Sing, Zootopia.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Can’t Stop the Feeling from Trolls, City of Stars from La La Land, Faith from Sing, Gold from Gold, How Far I’ll Go from Moana.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Nicholas Britell– “Moonlight” Justin Hurwitz – “La La Land” Johann Johannsson – “Arrival” Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – “Lion” Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch – “Hidden Figures”
Best Television Series – Drama
The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, This Is Us, Westworld
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Atlanta, Black-ish, Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent, Veep
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Rami Malek for Mr Robot, Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul, Matthew Rhys for The Americans, Liev Schreiber for Ray Donovan, Billy Bob Thornton for Goliath.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe for Outlander, Claire Foy for The Crown, Keri Russell for The Americans, Winona Ryder for Stranger Things, Evan Rachel Wood for Westworld.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish” Gael García Bernal – “Mozart in the Jungle” Donald Glover – “Atlanta” Nick Nolte – “Graves” Jeffrey Tambor – “Transparent”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Rachel Bloom for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, Sarah Jessica Parker for Divorce, Issa Rae for Insecure, Gina Rodriguez for Jane the Virgin, Tracee Ellis Ross for Black-ish.
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“American Crime” “The Dresser” “The Night Manager” “The Night Of” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Riz Ahmed for The Night Of, Bryan Cranston for All The Way, Tom Hiddleston for The Night Manager, John Turturro for The Night Of, Courtney B Vance for The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Felicity Huffman for American Crime, Riley Keough for The Girlfriend Experience, Sarah Paulson for The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Charlotte Rampling for London Spy, Thandie Newton for Westworld.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Olivia Colman for The Night Manager, Lena Headey for Game Of Thrones, Chrissy Metz for This Is Us, Mandy Moore for This Is Us, Kerry Washington for Confirmation.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Sterling K Brown for The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Hugh Laurie for The Night Manager, John Lithgow for The Crown, Christian Slater for Mr Robot, John Travolta for The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.