Broadway World is reporting that Meryl has been named Best Actress for her role in August: Osage County by the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival in Capri, Italy. The film was also awarded Best Film and Best Acting Ensemble. Chris Cooper was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
This sort of came out of nowhere. I don't think it's particularly prestigious either, as not many people are talking about it. I'm tempted so think that Harvey Weinstein has the folks who run this festival in his back pocket, as this makes it four consecutive Weinstein Films that have taken the prize, following The King's Speech, The Artist and Silver Linings Playbook. The fact that Idris Elba and Naomie Harris were awarded Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (another Weinstein-backed film which has had very little recognition thus far) contributes to my feeling that this isn't exactly an overwhelming honor.
Regardless, congrats to all the award recipients, especially Meryl and the cast of August: Osage County. Looking forward to seeing the film for the second time next weekend!