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Watch Meryl Streep’s Oscar Acceptance Speech For Best Actress

Meryl Streep won the third Academy Award of her career on Sunday night, for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. This was Streep’s 17th nomination. She was given a standing ovation by the crowd, and pleaded with them to stop cheering and sit down the second she got to the microphone.

“When they called my name,” she joked, “I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh no! Oh come on, why her? Again!'”

Streep, who seemed to be on the verge of tears at a few points during her speech, began by thanking her husband, Don, because, she reasoned, “When you thank your husband at the end of the speech, they play him out with the music.” She then thanked J. Roy Helland, who won an Oscar earlier in the evening for his makeup work on the film. Helland and Streep have worked together for 37 years, and she told the story of how they met at her first play in New York City, and have worked together on every one of her movies ever since.

Watch Streep’s acceptance speech below, courtesy of ABC:

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