When this year’s Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, Meryl Streep says she was fast asleep, firmly convinced that her scene-stealing work in August: Osage County would be overlooked by the Academy.
“They all say, ‘Oh, she doesn t have a chance’ because I’m so old news, you know,” Streep told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview set to air Monday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as she recounted her standing among oddsmakers.
“There is no such thing as talent being old news. That doesn’t get old,” DeGeneres reminded Streep amid wild cheers from the studio audience. Indeed, Streep had earned another nomination – her 18th, setting an Academy Awards record for an actor or actress.
“There were so many performances this year that were great,” Streep said, adding that she was surprised that her pal Emma Thompson was left out for her role in Saving Mr. Banks.
“I was really shocked, and I wrote her a long heartfelt e-mail saying how bad I felt,” Streep told DeGeneres. “She wrote me back and said ‘Good!'”
DeGeneres, who is set to host the Oscars on March 2, was quick to lavish praise for Streep’s versatility. “You really can do anything. If you look at roles, across everything you’ve done, you’re funny, you’re sexy, you’re dramatic, you’re drunk,” she teased.
“I’m boring,” Streep piped in before DeGeneres gave her the ultimate thespian challenge: delivering a “sexy” reading of an oatmeal recipe.
Streep obliged, also reading a traffic report of a woman in labor, panting breathlessly and screaming, and acting out a Wikipedia entry – as read by an annoyed teenager.