If there's one living embodiment of acting excellence, that person would have to be Meryl Streep. But despite accepting an award at the BAFTA Britannia Awards last night, held at the Beverly Hilton hotel, the actress was keen to turn the spotlight on those behind the scenes.
Specifically, Streep (who fellow awards show-goer Ed Westwick called "legend after legend") gave shout outs to the directors she has worked with including Stephen Frears, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) and many many more.
"In my career, I really can take very little credit for my movie destiny," she said on stage. "I’m always an actress for hire; I’m not a producer. I’ve always depended on the kindness of editors and their discretion and the good sense of my directors. And everything I have in my career, they’re responsible. For every accolade I’ve ever gathered up, including this one."
Well perhaps the Academy would disagree. Streep has the most Academy Award nominations of any actor ever after all. In fact, later, when Amy Schumer accepted her Britannina Award, she closed her speech with this hilarious statement: "I want to thank my siblings. I want to thank God, and by 'God' I obviously mean Meryl Streep, because I would gladly die for all of your sins."