Most actors hope to be nominated for just one Academy Award throughout their career — but Meryl Streep has been honored with so many nods over the years that she can’t even remember them all! The 68-year-old received her first Oscar nomination back in 1979 and has since been recognized 20 (yes, you read that right!) times by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her work in film.
When Meryl recently sat down with Jimmy Kimmel — who will host the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4 — the late night star challenged her to a fun game to see if she could name all of the movies she’s received Oscar nominations for. “If you’re able to name them, I will give you this bonus Oscar,” Jimmy told Meryl to which she replied, “I can’t remember last Thursday, I can remember the olden days.”
Once the game started, however, Meryl totally struggled to remember all 20 of her Oscar-nominated films! During the 60-second challenge, she only correctly identified five films. The funniest part? She couldn’t even remember the very first Academy Award nod she received! “You forgot the first one, do you remember the first one?” Jimmy asked, to which Meryl exclaimed, “No!” Jimmy then joked, “They say you always forget your first one, right?”
Meryl’s inaugural Oscar nod came in 1979 for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Deer Hunter. Next came The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Best Actress, 1982), Silkwood (Best Actress, 1984), Out of Africa (Best Actress, 1986), and Ironweed (Best Actress, 1988) followed by Evil Angels (Best Actress, 1989), Postcards from the Edge (Best Actress, 1991), and The Bridges of Madison County (Best Actress, 1996).
Next came One True Thing (Best Actress, 1999), Music of the Heart (Best Actress, 2000), Adaptation (Best Supporting Actress, 2003), The Devil Wears Prada (Best Actress, 2007), Doubt (Best Actress, 2009), Julie & Julia (Best Actress, 2010), August: Osage County (Best Actress, 2014), Into the Woods (Best Supporting Actress, 2015), and Florence Foster Jenkins (Best Actress, 2017). And those are just her nominations! Meryl has taken home three Oscars for Kramer vs. Kramer (Best Supporting Actress, 1980), Sophie’s Choice (Best Actress, 1983), and The Iron Lady (Best Actress, 2012).