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Meryl Streep, 'The River Wild'
In her long and decorated career, Meryl Streep has done it all, from wacky romantic comedies to makeup-heavy biopics to baby-eating-dingo dramas, so it isn't really surprising or unexpected that there would be at least one action thriller on her resume. And it also isn't unexpected just how physically convincing Streep is in every second of Curtis Hanson's rafting roller coaster, doing many of her own stunts. From Streep to Hanson to David Strathairn to John C. Reilly to cinematographer Robert Elswit, "The River Wild" works because of how unexpected nearly everybody's involvement is. Oscar voters, however, didn't know what to make of Streep, who was snubbed, even though she's certainly been nominated for lesser performances over the years.