In The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep played conservative icon Margret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the UK from 1979 to 1990. In terms of technical execution, Streep really sinks her teeth in, letting that highfalutin breed of British accent scuttle off her tongue with extreme flourish. It feels deeply unnatural. But if there's one thing the Academy likes to do, it's nominate Streep and occasionally bless her with a trophy. With The Iron Lady, it felt like they were making up for all those missed opportunities.
Now, the Academy will have to make it up to Viola Davis and Rooney Mara by giving them Oscars for work that isn't their best. It's only fair.