In two days, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce its nominees for the 89th Oscar ceremony. If Meryl were to be nominated in the Lead Actress category for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins, it would be her 20th overall nomination, a record of course. The closest actors in nominations are Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, both with 12. Having already been nominated for the other "big three" awards (Golden Globes, SAG and BAFTA), at this point I think it would be a bigger story if Streep were not nominated than if she were.
Based on history, it seems like Meryl has a great chance for the nom, but of course there's no guarantee. My guess for who will crack the top five includes the following:
Amy Adams (Arrival)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
As I've mentioned before, Annette Bening, Ruth Negga, Emily Blunt and Taraji P. Henson will be nipping at the top five's heels. Not surprisingly, I'm very much looking forward to watching the announcement on Tuesday. Go Meryl!