Meryl Streep has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for her role as former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."
Streep beat nominees Glenn Close of "Albert Nobbs," Rooney Mara of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," Viola Davis of "The Help" and Tilda Swinton of "We Need to Talk About Kevin." The winners of the 2012 Golden Globes were named at a Los Angeles ceremony on Sunday, January 15.
Streep appeared to have uttered a expletive, which was bleeped out, during her acceptance speech, earning gasps and applause.
"When (host) Ricky Gervais' deal fell through and they came to me to play Margaret Thatcher ... I can't joke," she began.
"This is such a thrill but really, really embarrassing in a year that saw so many extraordinary performances by women in leading roles by my friends, by people I don't know, by people I am so inspired by, oh (expletive). Oh I'm going to have to remember my speech."
"I love you Viola, you're my girl," Streep said, referring to Davis.
"The Iron Lady," which is based on the nickname of the 86-year-old Conservative leader and Britain's first and only female prime minister, depicts how Thatcher "smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world," the production company Pathe said in a statement.
"We made this for 25 cents in five minutes," Streep joked about "The Iron Lady."
"For me, as an actor, just walking into the first day of rehearsal was incredibly daunting because there were all these wonderful British actors, I think there were about 40 or 45 of them, and I was the only woman in the room," Streep said in an interview provided by The Weinstein Company. "I sort of had the feeling that Margaret Thatcher must have had when she walked into the conservative party."
"The Iron Lady" was nominated for one Golden Globe Award, an acting nod for Streep, who has won six and been nominated for 26 Golden Globe Awards.
Streep has also won two Oscars and has been nominated for 16 of them. Aside from "The Iron Lady," the actress is preparing to star in the new comedy "Great Hope Springs," her spokesperson confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com. The movie is directed by David Frankel of "The Devil Wears Prada," which earned Streep an Academy Award nod.
Filming on "The Iron Lady" began on January 31 and the movie hit theaters on December 16 in the United States and on Jan. 6, 2012 in the United Kingdom. Its director is Phyllida Lloyd, who directed Streep in the 2008 film "Mamma Mia!"
Thatcher served as the UK prime minister between 1979 and 1990. She maintained a tough stance against communism, led the Conservative party in its battle against the nation's trade unions and helped secure the 1981 release of 52 Americans who were held hostage for 444 days by Islamic militants in Iran.
"There isn't any other role like this, because we've never had a female Prime Minister in the western world, ever! To be generous, this character is unusual but what's not unusual is the point of view from which the film looks at that life," Streep said at the film's New York premiere, in an interview provided by The Weinstein Company. "It's her point of view -- it's a very subjective look at a very big life, but it is a look back from the waning edge of power. It's a look back at power from the point of view of powerlessness."
In 2008, it was revealed Thatcher, who survived an assassination attempt by the Irish Republican Army in 1984 and several small strokes in 2002, suffered from dementia.
The film is set in 1982 and tracks Thatcher in the 17 days before the two-and-a-half-month-long Falklands War, whose victory spurred increased approval ratings that ultimately helped lead her to win a second term.
Streep will next appear in "Great Hope Springs," which is set for release in 2012 and depicts a middle-aged couple who undergo counseling after 30 years of marriage. Others attached to star include Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Gandolfini of "The Sopranos."
Meanwhile, check out a trailer for "The Iron Lady," which is currently in theaters.