20th Annual SAG Awards nominations


Exclusive Oscars news: Meryl Streep drops to supporting, takes on Oprah


Get ready for the ultimate diva smackdown at the next Oscars: Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County”) vs. Oprah Winfrey

Two years after winning Best Actress for “The Iron Lady,” Streep has agreed to drop down to the supporting race for her role as Violet, the pill-popping, booze-swilling momma in “August: Osage County,” a Weinstein Company source tells Gold Derby. That means Streep will compete against Oprah as the hooch-guzzling wife of the title star of “The Butler.”

Streep’s move is a shockeroo considering that role won Best Actress at the 2008 Tony Awards when Deanna Dunagan performed it on Broadway. Dunagan beat her costar Amy Morton, who portrayed Violet’s frazzled daughter Barbara. Now Julia Roberts, in the role of Barbara on screen, seems to have a clearer shot at a Best Actress victory without risking a split of “August” votes in that category. Roberts won the Best Actress Oscar in 2000 for “Erin Brockovich.” Oprah has never won an Academy Award, but was nominated in the supporting slot for “The Color Purple” (1985).

Streep has three Oscars: one for supporting (“Kramer vs. Kramer,”1979 ) and two for lead (“Sophie’s Choice” in 1982, “Iron Lady” in 2011). If she pulls off one more victory, she will tie Katharine Hepburn for most wins (four). Streep already holds the record for most nominations (17).

Streep’s gracious move may be good news for Roberts, but it’s rotten luck for “August” costar Margo Martindale, who portrays the role of Violet’s sister Mattie, which won the Tony Award for Best Featured (or Supporting) Actress for Rondi Reed on stage. Now past Emmy champ Martindale (“Justified”) must not only face off against Oprah, but Streep, too.

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Women in the World Summit – Press Conference – April 4th, 2013


First pic of Meryl going at Lincoln Center. Tweet

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Also another Tweet:

Just met Meryl Streep…she said it was so nice to meet us…Jan gave her some beaded earrings. Awesome.

And another pic:

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Also a few Streaming links, the conference is about to start in a few mins.

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More new on the official website and follow the #wiw13 for more tweets.

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Streep, Presidents in Inez memorial tribute


The Inez McCormack Fund in memory of the renowned Derry trade unionist and human rights activist is being launched this afternoon (Sat) at a special event in the Elmwood Hall in Belfast.

The Fund will support the work of the pioneering and highly commended Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) organisation, which was established by Inez in 2006. PPR provides support to local disadvantaged communities and groups in using a rights-based approach to change the social and economic inequalities and deprivation they face.

The celebration event will be attended by over 200 guests, including Inez’s family, representatives from the trade union movement and a number of dignitaries such as Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and recently appointed UN Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

Triple Academy award-winning actress Meryl Streep who portrayed Inez in the documentary play SEVEN, which tells the personal stories of Inez and six other women who triumphed over enormous obstacles to create major positive change in their home countries, will also pay tribute to Inez at the Newsweek and Daily Beast’s 2013 Women in the World Summit in New York on Thursday 4 April.

Ms Streep has also made a significant donation to the Inez McCormack Fund.

Nicola Browne, Director (Policy) of PPR discusses: “We have been honoured to receive a significant donation to the Inez McCormack Fund from Meryl Streep, alongside a series of other generous donations from supporters of Inez’s work. Inez’s life revolved around recognising the dignity of those who were more accustomed to being sidelined and ignored. The Inez McCormack Fund will support PPR in its work to give voice to those who, 15 years after the Good Friday Agreement, are still excluded from the benefits of the peace.”

Inez, who passed away on 21 January, following a short illness, was the first female President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. An unrelenting activist for the equality provisions outlined in the Good Friday Agreement, in the 1980’s, Inez was also a signatory to the historic MacBride Principles, a corporate code of conduct for US com

Women in the World Summit – Hanks to pay tribute to Ephron


Tom Hanks will give a special tribute to Nora Ephron during Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit April 4-5. Hanks, who’s making his Broadway debut in Ephron’s “Lucky Guy,” will discuss the magic of Nora in front of power women including Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep and daughter Mamie Gummer, Eva Longoria, Diane von Furstenberg, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Tererai Trent and Lesley Stahl.

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