To Streep, this win is particularly special: "It's an overwhelming feeling ... and I think it might be even sweeter that it's so late in my life, you know?" said Streep in the above video. "To be recognized when you're young and happening and on the way is one thing but - well it's all so improbable in my life to be where I am at 62. It's like a miracle. And I'm really, really happy."
Streep has been nominated 17 times for an Academy Award, making her the most-nominated actor ever. In addition to her Oscar wins for "Sophie's Choice, " "Kramer vs. Kramer" and now "The Iron Lady, " Streep has been nominated for her roles in "The Bridges Of Madison County, " "Doubt" and "The Devil Wears Prada, " among others.
The Hollywood icon - who some described as an underdog for the Oscar in 2012 - joked during her acceptance speech: "When they called my name I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, 'Oh, no. Oh, come on. Why? Her. Again. No.' But, whatever."
While we'd hate to disagree with Meryl Streep, it seems there were plenty of friends and fans cheering her on as she claimed the "Best Actress" Oscar.