HOLLYWOOD – 19 times Oscar nominated (now for Into the Woods) and 3 times previous winner, actress Meryl Streep will no longer be eligible for nomination in the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress categories, it was revealed today.

Instead, the Academy of Motion Pictures has announced a separate award dedicated simply to her – the Best Meryl Streep Performance of the Year Award – which will Oscar, organizers hope, free up the other categories for Emma Thompson.

Ms. Streep is understood to be relaxed about the news  and she took a minute out of her shoe buying (she is currently preparing for her role in Luc Besson’s forthcoming Imelda Marcos bio-pic More Shoes) to speak with the Studio Exec:

I know why they’re doing it and I applaud them, although the easiest solution would simply have to been: stop nominating me altogether. Of course, like any artiste, I crave the approval of my peers and simply because I have achieved a modicum of success doesn’t lessen that craving. As Cameron Diaz says in The Counselor three times ‘I’m famished’. 

How do you feel essentially competing against yourself?

But is that what’ll happen. I’m not so sure. A Meryl Streep performance isn’t something only Meryl Streep can do you know. Look at Nicole Kidman in The Hours, or Charlize Theron in Monster. I’m sure I won’t be the only nominee, so I’ll have to practice my secretly disappointed but filled with admiration for the just victor face.  

 The Oscars will happen in February but in secret.


HOLLYWOOD – Continuing our popular series, Desert Island Police Academy in which we ask celebrities which Police Academy they’d take to a Desert Island.

This week, Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick chooses her Desert Island Police Academy.

So Anna Kendrick what’s it going to be?

I know this is controversial but I am going with the final film in the franchise, Police Academy: Mission to Moscow.

What the…?

I know, I know. It’s not the one you were expecting right, but for me it is the most interesting.

Why on God’s green earth…?

Well, I tihnk that they had fully realized the characters. They were able to build on the characters from the first films and Michael Winslow is particularly good. Without Guttenberg, many will feel his absence, but at this stage Guttenberg was almost too big. A mammoth comic talent that no film cvould contain, which is probably why he selflessly chose to appear in less and less work from thgis point on. Also we have Ron Perlman as the Russian heavy and Christopher Lee as the head of the Russian police. You have to remember also the political significance. Filmed in 1993, this was the first American comedy to be filmed in the former Soviet Union and went some way to dissolving tensions between the two former superpowers and adversaries. It was also a huge commercial hit, making almost $127,000.

Wow, that’s not much.

Isn’t it? Well, who cares? You can’t put a price on comedy genius and Police Academy Mission to Moscow is just that.

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