Category Archives: Meryl Streep
Thank you for existing! You are an amazing friend and even more amazing human being. I don’t know what cosmic deal was made for us to reconnect in college after so many years apart but I’m grateful for it. Today is special because it is your birthday. It’s your day! LOUISE DAY!
In my opinion, there should be more Louise days throughout the year because you rock. Here are just some examples of how you make everything cool.
For some, June 22 is any other day but at popculturenexus.com, June 22 is BIG day. It’s Meryl Streep’s birthday!!!!!!
So, how do you celebrate the day the world was given one of the most talented actors to have ever lived? Do you have a Meryl movie marathon? Do you listen to the Mamma Mia! soundtrack on repeat? I guess it doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you do it with passion because that’s what makes Meryl so astounding. Whether she is rafting down the Salmon River or ruthlessly leading a fashion magazine, Meryl breathes life into each character she portrays because she is passionate about her craft. Her passion is palpable on the screen which makes it easy to believe her relationships with other characters. To celebrate Meryl’s birthday, we decided to look at one of her greatest love stories, Out of Africa (1985).
She once had a farm in Africa but we still have 20 feels we can’t get over.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
It’s no secret we LOVE Meryl Streep which is why when we found this video on YouTube, we had to share it.
What is your favorite Meryl Streep movie?
It’s just about time to start preparing for the most important night in Hollywood. I’m referring, of course, to Meryl Streep’s birthday, which is only six months away. In the meantime though, let’s distract ourselves with the Oscars—you know, that really long ceremony thing where people in suits hand out little golden men, and everyone competes to see who can thank the most people before the orchestra drowns out their tearful cries of gratitude? And usually it involves some form of wardrobe malfunction, even if it’s just Jennifer Lawrence tripping on her dress as she walks up to the stage. (Easily one of my top five Oscar moments.) The one thing missing from the Academy Awards (except maybe a “Hanks cam” that stays on Tom Hanks’ face for the entire broadcast so you can see his amazing reactions) is Joss Whedon. Not only was he sorely under-awarded for his brilliant TV work, but he has yet to win an Oscar. (Although he did earn a nomination back in 1996 for co-writing Toy Story.) Sadly, Joss is once again absent from this year’s Oscar ballot. But that doesn’t mean the big night will be completely devoid of any Whedon magic. You see, Joss is more ingrained in Hollywood than you realize.
When we were in college, we used to play the “six degrees of separation” game with Joss Whedon. We would name an actor and try to link him or her to Joss in the most direct way possible. When we realized that several of this year’s acting nominees had been directly involved in Whedon works, we thought it would be fun to establish how almost all of them can be traced back to Joss through two or three degrees.
We did establish a few rules for this Oscar edition to make it more challenge:
-You can’t use another 2014 Oscar nominee (otherwise, Amy Adms would be the Whedon connection for everyone in American Hustle)
-Connections are made when actors are in the same film or television show. They are not required to be in the same scene.
–Veronica Mars can’t be used as a connection. Yes, Joss was in an episode but he did not create the show. (We love Rob Thomas but this is about Joss’ world)
Best Supporting Actor:
*Technically, Barkhad Abdi is connected via Tom Hanks who was in Saving Private Ryan with Nathan Fillion but our rules will not allow it.
Best Supporting Actress:
*Again, if our rules allowed it, Lupita Nyong’o would be connected via Chiwetal Ejiofor. Her next film is Non-Stop with Liam Neeson who was in Before and After with Meryl Streep who was in The Iron Lady with Anthony Stewart Head (our favorite watcher)
So there you have it. When you’re watching the Oscars on March 2nd, I hope you remember that no matter which actors take home the awards, Joss is the real winner. And while I doubt we’ll hear anyone mention him in their acceptance speeches, they all have Joss Whedon to thank in some small way for getting them here.
-Mary and Louise
Christian Bale: Aby Baker/Getty Images
Cate Blanchett: Allstar/Sony Pictures Classics/Sportsphoto Ltd.
Sandra Bullock: Warner Bros. Pictures
Bradley Cooper: Aby Baker/Getty Images
Bruce Dern: Merie W. Wallace/Paramount Vantage
Leonardo Dicaprio: Paramount Pictures
Chiwetel Ejiofor: Associated Press
Michael Fassbender: Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight
Nathan Fillion: Serenity: Universal
Andrew Garfield: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic
Seth Green: Richard Lewis/WireImage.com
John Hawkes: John Shearer/ Getty Images
Sally Hawkins: Sony Pictures Classics
Anthony Head: Twentieth Century Fox
Daniel Dae Kim: danieldaekim.com
David Krumholtz: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images
Shia LaBeouf: Elena Barry Entertainment News Examiner
Bianca Lawson: ABC Family
Matthew McConaughey: Anne Marie Fox/ Focus Features
Ewan McGregor: Just Jared, Inc.
Lupita Nyong’o: Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight Pictures
Julia Roberts: Weinstein Co.
Mark Ruffalo: Donald Traill, Invision for Park City Live
June Squibb: Paramount Vantage
Meryl Streep: Weinstein Co
Prominent actors such as Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry express what they think of Meryl in the AFI tribute video to her.
Happy Graduation Class of 2012!
Need some words of wisdom? Then, listen to Meryl’s tremendous speech at the Bernard College, Columbia University Commencement Ceremony 2010.
Meryl has had a few opportunities in her career to sing and when she does, she gives a stellar performance. Just watch Mamma Mia. In the video below, Meryl holds her own singing “What a Wonderful World” alongside music artists Cher, Bette Midler, and Olivia Netwon John.