Meryl Streep wins 3rd acting Oscar for 'Iron Lady'-A A +A
Monday, February 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Meryl Streep joined a very exclusive club on Sunday (US time), winning her third acting Oscar for her role as a strident Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."
Streep played the British prime minister as a senile retiree, as well as a hectoring, dominant figure who instilled fear and respect in her own cabinet.
At the film's pinnacle, Streep as Thatcher is the backbone of a nation that goes to war over the distant Falkland Islands after Argentina invades in 1982.
Streep, 62, won best actress for her 17th Oscar nomination, the most times any performer has been nominated by the Academy.
Her third win put her in a category with other three-time Oscar winners Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan and Ingrid Bergman.
Only Katharine Hepburn with four wins had more. (AP)