It's been 29 years since Meryl Streep, 62, won the Oscar for "Sophie's Choice" in 1983. Sure, she made her film debut in 1977 with "Julia," then got her first nomination for one of my favorite films, "The Deer Hunter" (1978). She went on to win her first Oscar for best supporting actress in "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979) and, three years later, she scored her first and only best actress win for the 1982 drama "Sophie's Choice."
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So, while we know17 -time Oscar nominee Streep deserves recognition for her uncanny portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady," we're a little curious about what was happening back in 1983 when she got her last statuette …
• "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" was the box office champ.
• McDonald's introduced the McNugget.
• Carrie Underwood was born.
• In their January issue, "Time" Magazine proclaimed the computer "Man of the Year."
• Ben Kingsley won the best actor Oscar for "Gandhi," which also won best picture.
• "M*A*S*H" broadcast its final episode
• Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard Space Shuttle "Challenger."
• Metallica released the album "Kill 'em All."
• At a national conference to discuss AIDS blood screening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to come to a consensus.
• President Ronald Reagan approved a federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
• Vanessa Lynn Williams became the first African-American Miss America.
• The Baltimore Orioles won the World Series.
• The British re-elected Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative Party in a landslide.
After seventeen Academy Award nominations — more than any other actor -- isn't it about time American's greatest contemporary actress wins another Oscar?