When it was announced that Streep would be playing Thatcher, people started predicting an Oscar from the premature get-go. The shared thought was that The Iron Lady would be heavy-handed Oscar bait, full of drama, screams and tears. But watching the trailer, it seems director Phyllida Lloyd (whose only other feature film credit is the Streep-starring Mamma Mia!) is going for a slight, amusing take on the former Prime Minister.
Despite being nominated for damn near everything she’s in (amassing 16 total Oscar noms), Streep has only won twice: Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Best Actress for Sophie’s Choice (1982).
So let’s do a little Oscar math. Streep+Thatcher+serious= Oscar gold. Streep+Thatcher+funny= front row seat.
The Iron Lady is scheduled for a Dec. 16, 2011 release.