LOS ANGELES -- Actress Meryl Streep has earned a record-setting 16th Oscar nomination.
Streep's nod for "Julie & Julia" puts her ahead of Hollywood legends Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, both at 12.
Streep issued the following statement Tuesday after learning of her nomination: "I am proud and grateful to stand with these women who have given such a range of beautiful, indelible performances this year!!"
While the 60-year-old actress has the most nominations in Academy history, she hasn't had the most luck at winning the golden trophy.
Streep won her first Oscar -- a supporting award for "Kramer vs. Kramer" -- in 1979. She won the lead actress Oscar in 1982 for "Sophie's Choice." She hasn't won since.
Her lead losses since then are as follows: "Silkwood" (1983) to Shirley MacLaine ("Terms of Endearment"); "Out of Africa" (1985) to Geraldine Page ("The Trip to Bountiful"); "Ironweed" (1987) to Cher ("Moonstruck"); "A Cry in the Dark" (1988) to Jodie Foster ("The Accused"); "Postcards From the Edge" (1990) to Kathy Bates ("Misery"); "The Bridges of Madison County" (1995) to Susan Sarandon ("Dead Man Walking"); "One True Thing" (1998) to Gwyneth Paltrow ("Shakespeare in Love"); "Music of the Heart" (1999) to Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry"); "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006) to Helen Mirren ("The Queen"); and "Doubt" (2008) to Kate Winslet ("The Reader").
Sandra Bullock, who is up for Best Actress for her role in "The Blind Side," says win or lose, it's just great to be nominated. "No one cares about the end result or the statue." She says it's great to rub shoulders with the actresses who are nominated with her -- people who are "just happy to share this moment."
Helen Mirren, nominated in the same category for "The Last Station," said, "I'm very happy and honored for Christopher, myself and our film. I think Tolstoy himself would have been perplexed by all this, but, Sofya his wife would have been over the moon. So in that spirit, I am too."
Rounding out the category were Carey Mulligan of "An Education" and Gabourey Sidibe for her role in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."
Sidibe said, "As soon as I heard, I jumped up and down and for some reason I kept screaming, 'I'm gonna get a car, I'm gonna get a car.' I don't know why."
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Best Actor nominations went to Jeff Bridges for "Crazy Heart," George Clooney for "Up in the Air," Colin Firth for "A Single Man," Morgan Freeman for "Invictus" and Jeremy Renner for "The Hurt Locker."
Freeman, who has been nominated five times, says he's most proud of this one -- for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in"Invictus."
"I'd like to thank the Academy for this honor. Congratulations to Matt Damon on his nomination. I'm especially grateful to Clint Eastwood, Invictus producer, Lori McCreary, and the entire cast and crew of 'Invictus.' Most importantly, thank you to Nelson Mandela for his encouragement, his blessing and his friendship - without which, this film would not have been possible," Freeman said in a statement.
Firth responded with, "I thought I was managing my expectations, but on hearing the news I discovered new and unfamiliar vocal tones. Perhaps I should do another musical."
Penelope Cruz was among the Best Supporting actress nominees and issued the following statement: "I am completely surprised and elated. Rob Marshall is not only a genius but an absolute joy to work with. I woke up every morning excited to collaborate with this amazingly talented group of actors. Filming this movie was such a special experience and to be nominated for this role makes me so happy."
The 82nd Oscars will be presented March 7 in a ceremony airing on ABC from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.
Meryl Streep Makes Oscar Nom History
Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia" (Columbia Pictures)