Overlooking the Streep: Saw the Kennedy Center Honors for 2010 on CBS, honorees being Oprah Winfrey, choreographer Bill T. Jones, Broadway tunesmith Jerry Herman, country legend Merle Haggard, and Paul McCartney. (Probably not a big ratings hit with the younger demographic.) Highlights were a dance homage to Jones, a newly svelte Jennifer Hudson in a number from the Oprah-produced Broadway version of The Color Purple, McCartney clearly moved as James Taylor and Mavis Staples sang “Let it Be.” But the point of this post is: why hasn’t Meryl Streep been awarded this honor yet? Even Steve Martin was a recipient in 2007, but still no Meryl? The greatest living American actress of our (or any) time? Come on. I’ll give them one more year…

[Postscript: And one more year it was. Streep will (finally) be a Kennedy Center honoree in 2011.]

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