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Globe Winner Streep Says Hollywood Is Improving for Women

Globe Winner Streep Says Hollywood Is Improving for Women

Thompson on Hollywood

Backstage at the Globes, after winning best actress for Julie & Julia, Meryl Streep said that Hollywood is improving for women. “Sandra Bullock is 45,” she said. “The perception is better for her than it was for me at her age.” She thanked the Globes for continuing to like her work after 30 years. “It’s hard to remain new,” she said. A hit like Julie & Julia “is a good signal to the financial end of the business,” she said, that a movie that reads uncommercial, about a middle-aged cook, is a big hit. “That’s good news.”

Streep channeled not only chef Julia Child in Julie & Julia but her mother, who was not a cook, “but had a real joy in living,” she said.

“I’ve played so many extraordinary women that I am starting to be mistaken for one,” she said in her acceptance speech. “I am a vessel.” Backstage she added that “trying to create a character is a process I love, like falling in love and surrendering to another person, in this case, a character.”

[Golden Globes Photo: AP]

“Don’t read the blogs,” Streep counsels her daughters. “It’s hard not to Google yourself and not get into the horrible vortex. But better not.”

Streep was one of many actors tonight who urged people to give aid to stricken Haiti.

Streep will likely repeat this win on Oscar night.

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