Meryl Streep named best actress by New York critics
Published 30/11/2011 | 12:02
Meryl Streep wins best actress award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the Iron Lady.
Meryl Streep was today named best actress by the New York Film Critics Circle for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the forthcoming film The Iron Lady.
America loves Streep. On Sunday the actress will join Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and Sonny Rollins in a ceremony honouring their contributions to American culture through the arts. President Barack Obama will present Streep with the award at a ceremony at the Kennedy Center.
The Oscar-winning actress was in London in November to unveil a poster for The Iron Lady, which is released in the UK on January 6th 2012.
The film includes scenes from Lady Thatcher's childhood up to the present day, and portrays the price she paid for power.
The award from New York was Streep's fourth best actress win from the critics' group.
Brad Pitt won best actor for his performances in baseball film Moneyball and Terrence Malick's cosmic drama The Tree of Life.
Silent film The Artist was named best film of the year and also won best director for Michel Hazanavicius.
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony on 9 January.
The other acting prizes went to Jessica Chastain for her supporting roles in The Help, The Tree of Life and Take Shelter, while veteran actor Albert Brooks won best supporting actor for Drive.
Werner Herzog's 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams also picked up best nonfiction film, with financial industry thriller Margin Call winning best first feature for JC Chandor.
Iranian drama A Separation was voted best foreign film.