Gullible viewers of the 2018 Oscars might have a very different opinion of Meryl Streep today! The 68-year-old was the butt of jokes throughout the Sunday, March 4 ceremony, starting with host Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue. So let's just get this out of the way right now — Jimmy was kidding when he said Meryl had done time in jail.
"Right here in the front row, maybe the greatest actor of all time, Meryl Streep is here with us," the late-night comedian said in his routine, pointing out the Best Actress nominee. "She earned her 21st Oscar nomination. Meryl's film career started in 1977. The longest she ever went without being nominated was from 1992 to 1995… and that's only because those were the years she was in prison, and that, I think, is amazing."
(Later that night, when Jennifer Lawrence asked her co-presenter Jodie Foster why was using crutches on-stage, Jodie blamed her injury on Meryl, joking, "Yeah, she I, Tonya'd me.") Meryl didn't win this year — her performance in The Post was bested by Frances McDormand's in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — but that certainly doesn't diminish her Oscars glory. Meryl has won two Best Actress awards (for Sophie's Choice in 1982 and The Iron Lady in 2011) and one Best Supporting Actress award (for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979).
This is actually the second straight year that Jimmy teased Meryl in his Academy Awards opening monologue. "One [actor] in particular has stood the test of time for her many uninspiring and overrated performances," he said at the 2017 Oscars. "Meryl, stand up, if you would. Everybody, please join me in giving her a totally undeserved round of applause, will you? The highly overrated Meryl Streep, everyone."
And this January, when the actress appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy challenged her to name all 20 of the Oscar nominations she had received by that point — and she only remembered six! So no, Meryl did not injure Jodie, nor did she go to prison. Her sainthood is still intact. Or should we say, she's not nearly as devilish as a certain Prada-wearing alter-ego of hers?