Streep’s Career To Be Feted At Berlin Film Festival

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January 2, 2012 | 11:20am EST

Meryl Streep will be handed a special award in recognition of her stellar movie career at the Berlin Film Festival next month.
The star is tipped to be in for an unprecedented 17th Oscar nomination for her portrayal as Britain’s only female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

But she is guaranteed one award at the first of the major European film festivals after organisers of the Berlin event announced Streep will be presented with an honorary Golden Bear, the festival’s most prestigious prize.

Festival director Dieter Kosslick says, “Meryl Streep is a brilliant, versatile performer who moves with ease between dramatic and comedic roles.”

She will be handed the trophy at a special screening of The Iron Lady when the event runs from 9-19 February.