Meryl Streep to Campaign for Best Supporting Actress for ‘August: Osage County’


Julianne Nicholson, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County

Julianne Nicholson, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County
Photo: The Weinstein Co.

People have been questioning my predictions all along, wondering where Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts would campaign for their roles in August: Osage County. Well, the question is now over as Gold Derby reports Streep will campaign in the Best Supporting Actress category despite the fact the role she plays as Violet won the Tony for Best Actress in 2008.

As a result, it would be easy to move Streep to the top line in the category, but I’m sticking with Amy Adams (American Hustle) for the time being and I haven’t shifted much in the Best Actress category either.

I can only assume the reason to shift Streep from lead to supporting is The Weinstein Co. sees the supporting field as the weaker field and the best chance for Streep to score a nod as a result whereas in the Best Actress field Roberts is already staring down a barrel loaded with Cate Blanchett‘s performance from Blue Jasmine and Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks, a performance I continue to hear great things about.

When it comes to Best Supporting Actress, however, Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil seems to believe the race will come down to Streep and Oprah Winfrey for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which many have seen and I am finally seeing in just a matter of hours and will be able to report on more accurately once I’ve seen it.

With Streep having won as recently as 2012 and both Adams and Winfrey having been nominated before but not won, that may play heavily on voters. I also wonder if Streep has it in her to campaign as much as she did for her win for The Iron Lady. If so, this could be a very interesting race.

For my full predictions for Best Actress click here and for Best Supporting Actress click here.