If you’re looking towards Hollywood for elegance, class, and acting with a capital A, you don’t have to look much further than Meryl Streep. Streep is arguably our greatest living actor — if not in the running as the best American actor in cinematic history. This claim is in large part to her record 21 Academy Award nominations. She is one of America’s most revered and most-loved actors working today. Regardless of the film, she always manages to deliver moving, breathtaking performances. Simply put, her work is nothing short of inspirational.
30. Into the Woods (2014)
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Despite the stellar cast of 2014’s Into the Woods, this fairy tale musical falls short of Streep’s other singing roles. Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the heralded musical is way too showy. The film however is technically accomplished and full of gusto. In particular, Streep’s rendition of “Last Midnight” — blue hair swirling amid a literal tornado of emotions — was as moving as it was visually striking. Amidst all of Streep’s accolades, her performance of Stephen Sondheim’s indelible songs isn’t particularly memorable.