The year was 1980. A fresh-faced Meryl Streep only had five pictures under her belt, including The Deer Hunter, which earned the actress her first ever Academy Award nomination.
At the Oscars in April of that year, Streep would win her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Joanna Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer.
She’s since been nominated a whopping 16 more times, including her most recent nod for Best Actress for her role as the late Margaret Thatcher in 2011’s The Iron Lady.
In honor of Streep’s illustrious career, her 64th birthday and her amazing genes, here’s her first Oscar acceptance speech (above).