Merylathon: an update [and a digression about Barbra, and another about hats]

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to watch every movie for which either Katharine Hepburn or Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar.

I decided to do Meryl first because I had seen less of her movies. I had already seen Music of the Heart through years of Orchestra classes. I’ve seen that movie/Mr. Holland’s Opus way too many times, The Devil Wears Prada, and Julie & Julia. So I started with Kramer v. Kramer because it was her first Oscar win [and I was NOT watching The Deer Hunter by myself in my room (her first nomination)] and it is my dad’s favorite Meryl movie. I won’t give anything away, but I was especially excited with the ending because somehow in my dad’s description of it I interpreted it ending the opposite way. And of course, Meryl is supporting in this role, but not out shined by Dustin Hoffman [whom I also adore, The Graduate is my favorite movie of all time]
Then I went to Doubt, simply because it was on Netflix instant watch. And holy moley, if Meryl can make me hate her, it just makes me love her more. Possibly her least fabulous role I’ve seen, she plays a nun, she is still Meryl through and through and doesn’t let up until the credits role.
These were all preludes to my now favorite Meryl movie. I think Kramer v. Kramer is better and she is better in it. But five words: Robert Redford sans Barbra Streisand. I could go on and on about how much I hated Katie Morosky in The Way We Were as the only reason to watch that movie is the boat scene, but I digress.
Out of Africa was amazing. I don’t think I can capture how much I loved this movie. But I can capture how much I loved Meryl’s hats.




This is not the first time a movie has been ranked higher in my favorite simply for millinery. See His Girl Friday and A Room with a View

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