Streep up for SAG gong

Meryl Streep’s portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher has been nominated for a prestigious acting award.

Meryl Streep’s portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher has been nominated for a prestigious acting award.

Streep is one of five actresses shortlisted for the outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role award by the US-based Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG).

She is up against performers including Tilda Swinton, for her role in 'We Need To Talk About Kevin', and Michelle Williams who is recognised for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in 'My Week With Marilyn'.

'The Help' leads overall SAG nominations.

The Deep South drama will contend for best ensemble cast with 'The Artist', 'Bridesmaids', 'The Descendants' and 'Midnight in Paris', while its stars Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are individually nominated for awards.

Silent movie 'The Artist' had three nominations, with its other two nods coming in the outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role category – where its star Jean Dujardin finds himself up against Hollywood heavyweights George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as 'A Better Life' actor Demian Bichir - and outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role, which saw Berenice Bejo recognised for her part in the film.

Dick Van Dyke will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Mary Tyler Moor in recognition for her carer achievement and humanitarian accomplishments at the ceremony, which takes place on January 29 at Los Angeles' Shrine venue.

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