Meryl Streep won a Best Actress Golden Globe yesterday for her portrayal of the only female British Prime Minister so far, Margaret Thatcher, in The Iron Lady. In her acceptance speech, Streep thanked England for letting her “trample all over” their history in the controversial biopic.
She has already caused uproar among Margaret Thatcher’s family and dedicated supporters for her role in The Iron Lady.
And now Meryl Streep escalated the debate at the Golden Globes as she thanked England for letting her “trample over their history” in her movie about the former British Prime Minister, The Iron Lady.
Earning her eighth Golden Globe, the 62-year-old actress also admitted she has a “reductive” view of Lady Thatcher and that she does not agree with her politics “so I sort of did what we all do to political figures we don’t agree with — we turn them into something more than human and less than human at the same time.” Bu she says her portrayal is nonetheless “compassionate.”
The film has been met with controversy as it depicts an ailing Lady Thatcher, who suffers from dementia, looking back at her life.
Family members have dismissed the movie as a “left-wing fantasy” designed to cast doubt on her political legacy.
Friends of Lady Thatcher, now 86, were said to be repulsed at the film because it shows her having nightmares about the miners’ strike and the Falklands War. And viewers who were invited to an early screening of the film were disappointed at the way that it mocks her frail condition in her recent years with one having called it ‘insulting.’
The casting of Meryl Streep, an American, in the title role was also criticized, with critics saying a British actor would have been better suited.
Meryl’s Golden Globe acceptance speech caused further controversy as she director Harvey Weinstein her “God” and swore after forgetting her glasses, making her unable to read her speech. George Clooney tried to pass her glasses up to the stage after the actress swore and told the audience she had left them at her table and couldn’t read her speech.
She looked stunning in a long-sleeved shirt dress, with a lace top half and clinched at the waist with a belt.