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2. "Silkwood" (1983)
After Cher won her 1987 Best Actress Oscar, four years after scoring a nomination for this film, she credited Streep with making her an actress. Certainly, she could have had no better model to work off than Streep’s many-shaded performance as Karen Silkwood, the fiercely probing nuclear plant employee who died under highly suspicious circumstances. This is the kind of turn that many actors would color only with steely commitment, but Streep finds ample room for the character’s down-home wit and scruffy sexiness too; it’s far her most compelling biopic assignment to date.
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