Join us, ye disciples, as we bow at the feet of Queen Meryl Streep. She'll go to battle with her 18th Oscar nomination this weekend, and with it comes a movie that provided the 64-year-old actress yet another opportunity to perfect a regional dialect. In "August: Osage County," it's a Midwestern accent. Before that, it'd had been British ("The Iron Lady"), Polish ("Sophie's Choice"), Australian ("A Cry in the Dark"), android ("A.I. Artificial Intelligence") and a bevy of others.
Slate compiled a comprehensive look at Streep's multifarious accents throughout her career, and it's a must-watch prior to Sunday's Oscar ceremony. Because, although you didn't need any further proof that Streep is the first lady of contemporary cinema, it helps to remember that she's just as brilliant when asking, "Am I being flirted with by a psychotic rat?" as she is when yelling, "A dingo's got my baby!"