Meryl Streep Reduced To Oscar Supporting Category For “August: Osage County”

Get ready for the ultimate diva smackdown at the next Oscars: Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County”) vs. Oprah Winfrey (“The Butler”). Two years after winning Best Actress for “The Iron Lady,” Streep has agreed to drop down to the supporting race for her role as Violet, the pill-popping, booze-swilling momma in “August: Osage County. That means Streep will compete against Oprah as the hooch-guzzling wife of the title star of “The Butler.” Streep’s move is a shockeroo considering that role won Best Actress at the 2008 Tony Awards when Deanna Dunagan performed it on Broadway. But The Weinstein Company, which is releasing the movie, doesn’t want Meryl — who isn’t winning an Oscar again anytime soon! — to compete with Julia Roberts, who plays Violet’s daughter.

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