“Meryl’s enthralling body of work across a diverse set of genres has made her a role model over the past 40 years, and she will continue to do so for generations to come. She has always taken roles with strong female leads, creating art by showing vulnerability and portraying truth on the big screen,” said HFPA president Lorenzo Soria.
“Simply put, she is a trailblazer, having paved the way for women in television, film and stage. For shattering gender and age barriers, all with finesse and grace, the HFPA is humbled to bestow this honor upon her.”
Streep’s indelible roles are many, and numerous costars have remarked on her knack for receiving awards. She’s a record holder for Academy Award nominations,.
She’s also won eight Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Karmer” (1981), “Adaptation” (2002), “Angels in America” (Miniseries of TV, 2003), and Best Actress for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982), “Silkwood” (1983), “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), “Julie & Julia” (2009) and “The Iron Lady” (2011).
This year’s telecast will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, and air Jan. 8 on NBC.