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Meryl Streep Named Berlin Film Festival Jury President

Three-time Oscar winner will oversee 66th annual Berlinale — her first time ever as a film festival juror

Meryl Streep has been named Jury President of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, marking the first time the actress has ever served as a juror at a film festival.

Meryl Streep is one of the most creative and multifaceted film artists. To mark our enthusiasm for her extraordinary talent we awarded her the Honorary Golden Bear in 2012 for her lifetime achievement,” said Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick. “I am very happy that she is returning to Berlin and with her artistic experience will take on the chairmanship of the International Jury.”

“It is a thrill to return to the festival under any circumstances, but it is with great relish and anticipation I look forward to jury duty,” added Streep. “The responsibility is somewhat daunting, as I have never been President of anything before, and I hope I can come up to the precedent set by the distinguished juries of preceding years. Grateful for the honor.”

In 1999, Streep was awarded the Berlinale Camera at the film festival. In 2003, alongside Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman, Streep shared the Silver Bear award for their performances in “The Hours.” Nine years later, Streep received an homage and the Honorary Golden Bear.

Stateside, she took home Academy Awards for roles in “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron Lady.” Most recently, Streep appeared in “August: Osage County,” “Into the Woods” and “Ricki and the Flash,” among other films.

She plays a women’s rights activist in the historical drama “Suffragette,” out on Oct. 23.

The Berlin Film Festival runs from Feb. 11 – 21, 2016.