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Foodies, rejoice! Julia Child, er, Meryl Streep gets the nod for 'Julie & Julia'

February 2, 2010 | 11:39 am

We're not surprised. But we're plenty glad.

Meryl Streep earned an unprecedented 16th Oscar acting nomination Tuesday morning -- a feat no one else, man or woman, has ever achieved -- for channeling food goddess Julia Child in the film "Julie & Julia."

Streep is the front-runner, as her performance earned universal raves and she is clearly a favorite of the Academy of Motion Picture Art & Sciences. But it's not a done deal. She goes up against three first-time nominees -- Sandra Bullock, who is having a Cinderella-esque year for "The Blind Side," Carey Mulligan for "An Education" and Gabourey Sidibe for "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" as well as actress Helen Mirren, nominated for "The Last Station."

Doesn't it seem like Streep must have a mantle full of Oscar gold? In fact, she has two Academy Awards, and only one of them is for best actress: She won a trophy for best supporting actress for 1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer" and another best actress statuette for 1982's "Sophie's Choice."

What do you think? Isn't she overdue?

Also nominated in the documentary category: "Food, Inc.," a visual manifesto about our corporate-controlled food supply and the mistreatment of farm animals. 

Click here for the rest of Tuesday's nominations:


Times Food Editor Russ Parsons dishes on the secret at the center of 'Julie & Julia'

PHOTO GALLERY: Julia Child -- Her life in pictures

Photo: Jonathan Wenk / Columbia Pictures/Sony