Meryl Streep Named Berlin Film Festival Jury President

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The three-time Academy Award winner will head up the group that will decide the awards at the 66th edition of the fest in 2016, marking her first-ever festival jury duty.

Three-time Academy Award winner and 19-time nominee Meryl Streep will be jury president of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival next year, organizers announced on Wednesday.

"It will be the first time in her long-standing career that this world-famous star takes on the role of a juror at a film festival," the festival said.

"Meryl Streep is one of the most creative and multifaceted film artists," said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. "To mark our enthusiasm for her extraordinary talent we awarded her the honorary Golden Bear in 2012 for her lifetime achievement. I am very happy that she is returning to Berlin and with her artistic experience will take on the chairmanship of the international jury."

Streep, honored with a Golden Globe eight times and nominated an additional 20 times, has been a guest at the Berlin Film Festival on a number of occasions. In 1999, she was awarded the Berlinale Camera, and in 2003, together with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman, she shared the Silver Bear award for their performances in The Hours.

In 2006, she was in the Berlin festival competition in Robert Altman’s ensemble comedy A Prairie Home Companion. In 2012, she received the lifetime achievement honor.

"It is a thrill to return to the festival under any circumstances, but it is with great relish and anticipation I look forward to jury duty," said Streep. "The responsibility is somewhat daunting, as I have never been president of anything before, and I hope I can come up to the precedent set by the distinguished juries of preceding years. Grateful for the honor."

Last year, Darren Aronofsky led the Berlin jury.

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