#3 Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer

26 Nov

The performances in Kramer vs. Kramer are what drive the story to great drama. Both Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep won Academy Awards for their portrayals of the dueling Kramer’s. Streep plays a woman who has grown cold and distant from the family she once loved. Like many women, her troubles may lie in that she married too young; or, as she states, the fact that Ben’s love of his work is what dominates his life, not his love for his wife and child. Her assertiveness to leave is a sad fact among many married couples today—they don’t feel like working things out. On the flipside of that coin, Ben seems blinded to Joanna’s needs and feelings. His world revolves around making it to the top of the corporate ladder. Even when Joanna is trying to tell Ben she’s leaving him, his reaction is for her to wait one minute while he finishes up a task brought home from the office.

Streep is very good as Joanna, though she’s off-screen so much that her character almost seems to be even lower than supporting. Some say this Oscar was given due to the fact that she SHOULD have won the year before for her role in Deer Hunter. Regardless as to why, Meryl gave her all, as she always does.
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Posted by on November 26, 2006 in 70's, Actresses, Top 10 Actresses of the 70's


One response to “#3 Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer

  1. Cornice

    February 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Having seen the movie when it was first released, i agree, Meryl streep was not on the screen long enough to be considered for Best Supporting Actress. The person who should of received the oscar and was inthe same movie was the late Jane Alexander who played the female neighbor to the Kramers and teaches the father how he has to learn to be more considerate of his child and wife.


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