Meryl Streep dominates. This cannot be argued.
She’s won three Oscars and has been nominated for 16 more. She can do heartbreaking drama. She can do comedy. She can sing. And she played one of the most iconically tough-to-impress badasses in the history of movies in The Devil Wears Prada.
This weekend, she showed audiences that she can also pull off a fairly un-Meryl role: in Ricki and the Flash as an aging rocker mom who’s not especially maternal (and that’s a rarity in American cinema) and who, at 66, still looks good in leather.
Streep has been the “actress’s actress” for so long that a lot of us probably can’t remember a time when she wasn’t the go-to example of a classy, versatile performer whose any given performance could score an award. In fact, this writer’s introduction to Streep’s reputation as an Oscar nomination magnet came all the way back in 1990, when an episode of Tiny Toons had a gag about Meryl Streep being nominated for ordering a pizza in a restaurant.
(She wins, of course, then she yawns and tosses the statuette in a purse that’s crammed full of them.)
Twenty-five years later, Streep is still on top. And just as she’s a versatile actress, she’s also quite versatile in GIF form. In fact, for any occasion, there’s a Streep GIF that can get your point across while still conveying her awesomeness.