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And the Meryl for best Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep performance goes to …

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Looking down the list of Meryl Streep’s Oscar nominated performances is to be awed by a career which has put the virtues of intensely observed and technically accomplished character acting at an absolute premium: the arc of her career is not a simplistic morph from sexy romantic lead to cantankerous old dame — although in some ways it is always a shock to revisit her (un-Oscared) performance in Woody Allen’s Manhattan, and be reminded of just how beautiful a young woman she was.

Alfonso Cuarón wins best director Oscar

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Alfonso Cuarón has won the best director Oscar for Gravity at the 86th Academy Awards, defeating a field that included 12 Years a Slave's Steve McQueen, Nebraska's Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street. In doing so, Cuarón becomes the first Mexican-born director to win the award.

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And the Meryl for best Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep performance goes to …

Looking down the list of Meryl Streep’s Oscar nominated performances is to be awed by a career which has put the virtues of intensely observed and technically accomplished character acting at an absolute premium: the arc of her career is not a simplistic morph from sexy romantic lead to cantankerous old dame — although in some ways it is always a shock to revisit her (un-Oscared) performance in Woody Allen’s Manhattan, and be reminded of just how beautiful a young woman she was.