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

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 

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Meryl Streep's inspired performance as Julia Child evoked the baker in me. One apron and several vintage cook books later, my cake-spot blog came to life -
Let her eat cake!

I personally think they shouldn't let her anywhere near that Oscar podium for this otiose performance.

Gabourey Sidibe should get the Oscar this year for her outstanding performance.

Meryl lost herself in Julia and took me with her.

Meryl Streep is definitely long overdue! Let's face it, Oscar awards do not necessarily go to the most talented and the most deserving but once in a while, the Oscar voters get a chance to make it right and this is one of those years when they should shake off their love for awarding mediocrity and elevating a true talent like Meryl Streep. I wouldn't be surprised if Mulligan, Sibide or Mirren win but c'mon, Sandra Bullock?!? Okay, I won't be surprised either if she wins. Like I said, Oscar voters love awarding mediocre performances.

I personally think Meryl Streep will win the Oscar. She gave a great performance and she is overdue. If Kate Winslet was overdue last year (with 6 nominations) then is Meryl Streep of course overdue! And by the way, Streep has also a Baftanomination. We have to wait and in a few days the "Sandra-Bullock-fuss" will come a bit down. And Streep has more critic awards on her side. The Academy votes for the best performance and I think Streep was better than Bullock. DonĀ“t get me wrong I have nothing against Bullock. But I think the "Bullock-thing" came out as it was announced that her movie passes the 200 million dollar.


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