Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep , Grammy-award winner singer-songwriter James Taylor , and Pulitzer-prize winning author Harper Lee were among the 20 recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama .
Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep are among the stars flying in for this month’s Berlin Film Festival, bringing political movies to an event that promises to mix a dash of Hollywood glamour with hard-hitting, topical themes.
“The Artist,” a silent black-and- white movie about an actor past his peak, scooped seven prizes including best picture, director and actor at the British Academy Film Awards, or Baftas. Oscar victory may be next.
“The Iron Lady,” the new biopic starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, was controversial before audiences even saw it, largely because of its portrayal of the aging former prime minister’s dementia.
When Lynda Obst first moved to Hollywood in 1979, there was only one Superman movie and Meryl Streep had just gotten her first Oscar nomination. Sixteen Streep nominations and countless superhero sequels later, show business has been transformed -- by, among other things, a 30-fold increase in the number of films grossing $100 million or more.