Meryl Streep received her third consecutive Oscar nomination for playing real life, Karen Silkwood.
Karen Silkwood was a normal woman who found herself caught up in corruption. Meryl Streep, at her prime, nails this role. Meryl Streep always seems very intelligent to me, and to see her somewhat dumb herself down for Silkwood. But, Karen is not a dumb woman, she is actually very smart, but in an understated way.
Meryl uses her many acting skills here. It's incredible to see such a performance from such an actress, because this was Meryl's fifth nomination and she continually creates a vivid character and gives a riveting performance.
There are many great moments from Streep. Including a shocking scene where she receives a radiation bath, and it is still shocking after several viewings. She's also incredible once she finds out she knows more then she should, and the look of fear of her face is unforgettable.
Her chemistry with Kurt Russell is a little bogged down, due to him, but Streep is able to hold these parts up. Her parts with Cher are just amazing, we really feel these two are soul mates and have a deep connection.
There really isn't anything bad I can say about this performance, which makes it all the more better.
It's an incredible feat, by an actress at her prime, that gets: