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Sneak peek: Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher and Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep has received more Oscar nominations than any other star and looks likely to get another one for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in a new film.

The 62-year-old actress plays Britain’s legendary prime minister in The Iron Lady, which is scheduled for release in January, just in time for the awards season.

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Meryl’s casting in the film — which sees an elderly Baroness Thatcher reflecting on her life — was met with outrage, with many critics saying Meryl would butcher the role.

Those same critics have now completely changed their tune after seeing previews of the film.

Meryl is spectacular in the movie, and many are predicting the performance will earn her a 17th Academy Award nomination, and her third actual Oscar.

Whether she comes away with a coveted golden statuette or not, Meryl loves The Iron Lady, and says playing the legendary Thatcher was a “privilege”.

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“It took a lot out of me, but it was a privilege to play her, it really was,” Meryl told the UK’s Daily Mail. “It was one of those rare, rare films where I was grateful to be an actor and grateful for the privilege of being able to look at a life deeply with empathy. There’s no greater joy.”

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