Meryl Streep in Suffragette, Ricki and the Flash

February 21, 2015 7:28 PM

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Meryl Streep in Suffragette, Ricki and the Flash

Meryl Streep has three Oscars on the shelf — more than any living actress. And yet the star, whose 19th nomination this year for her supporting role in Into the Woods cemented her record as the most-Oscar-nominated performer of all time, is still one win short of the all-time record, set by Katharine Hepburn when she won her fourth trophy.

Awards are far from the most important detail when it comes to assaying a career as long and multifarious as Streep’s. And yet her campaign to win her third Oscar, for The Iron Lady in 2012, was aggressive enough to prove that she does take this stuff seriously. (Hepburn, by contrast, never accepted...

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