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Meryl Streep gets a hug from a Golden Bear

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Streep's Lifetime Achievement

The Berlin Film Festival loves Meryl Streep. Next month, the actress will be honored with their 2012 lifetime achievement award. The coveted Golden Bear is hers for the taking!

Meryl Streep

Is there anything Meryl Streep can't do? The 62-year-old actress is hotter than ever. She's currently earning rave reviews for her latest performance in The Iron Lady, where she plays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

So, what's next for the two-time Oscar winner? According to Reuters, she'll be the toast of the town at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

On Monday, festival director Dieter Kosslick released a statement announcing Streep as the recipient of this year's honorary Golden Bear award.

He said, "We are delighted to be able to award the Honorary Golden Bear to such a terrific artist and world star. Meryl Streep is a brilliant, versatile performer who moves with ease between dramatic and comedic roles."

The festival will pay tribute to Streep by screening six of her most notable films, including Oscar winners Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Sophie's Choice (1982).

When it comes to the Golden Bear, Streep is in good company. Previous honorees include Dustin Hoffman (her Kramer vs. Kramer co-star), Alec Guinness, Gregory Peck, Oliver Stone and writer/director Billy Wilder.

Last year, Streep was also honored at the Kennedy Center for her long-running career. She received praise from former co-stars like Stanley Tucci and Anne Hathaway, who referred to her as a great performer and friend.

Over the course of her career (30-plus years), Streep has earned a record-breaking 16 Oscar nominations for her work. And thanks to her performance in The Iron Lady, she's in the running for her 17th.

The Academy Award nominations will be announced Jan. 26 and Streep will receive the Golden Bear on Feb. 14.

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