Streep earned the honor for her portrayal of iconic chef and author Julia Child in writer-director Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia," which co-starred Amy Adams and Stanley Tucci.
"I want to change my name to T-Bone; T-Bone Streep. I think it sounds good," the actress joked as she collected her statuette. "I love Nora. I really am grateful to Nora and to everybody at Sony and Stanley, of course, and everybody in the cast and crew.
"I just want to say, in my long career, I've played so many extraordinary women that, basically, I'm getting mistaken for one. No, really, I'm very clear about the fact that I'm the vessel for other people's stories and other women's lives and this year I got to play not one of the most beloved women in America, Julia Child, but I also got to secretly pay homage to my own personal, not-so-famous hero. That's my mother, who was of the same generation as Julia, who shared her verve."
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