An updated survey created by Slate shows that Oscar winners of the past 12 years thanked Hollywood's true heroine more often then the Lord Almighty. How many more times? While the Savior drew three mentions, the one-and-only Streep secured four acknowledgements. She also beat out Oprah and Sidney Poitier, the first black nominee to take home the Academy Award.
The outpouring of love and admiration for Meryl comes as no surprise, as the Academy has nominated the 64-year-old actress an unprecedented 18 times.
Her dominance within the industry shined during the 2010 Academy Awards when a slew of talented celebrities introduced the Best Actress nominees one by one. Oprah recounted the rise of Gabby Sidibe, who was nominated for her role in Precious, from a struggling student to A-list actress. Even though she lost to Sandra Bullock, Gabby was brought to tears by the Big O, who commented, "Tonight, she is sitting at the Academy Awards in the same category as Meryl Streep."
Meryl's introduction, the last of the five, followed.
"The mantle of most acclaimed film actress of our time could not be worn with more grace and humility, but everyone already knows that," said her costar Stanley Tucci, who then praised her kindness and humor. But Tucci ended his speech by calling for the end of her supremacy.
"It is in the area of awards and accolades, however, that you show a certain - how can I say this - a certain selfishness that is unseemly. That is why I have spearheaded a movement in the Academy to cap the number of nominations per actor at 16, which means that this could be the last time that anyone will have to stand up here and say, despite their personal feeling, that Meryl Steep is quiet simply the best."
Of course, Bullock took home the trophy that year, but Meryl made sure to give the winner a slap on the ass on her way up the stage. With grace, Bullock mentioned her fellow nominees but made particular note of Meryl's great kissing.
In just a few weeks, Ellen DeGeneres will host the 2014 Academy Awards, and yet again Meryl garnered another nod for her role August: Osage County. But Meryl's true competition no longer sits beside her in a floor-length ball gown, but instead chills up above.