At one point, Thatcher is shown making ice cream to give to a voter as part of an election campaign. Actually, Thatcher was a chemist who developed the emulsifier for that particular type of ice cream.
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Meryl Streep earned $1,000,000 for her work in this film; however, she donated her entire salary to the Women's History Museum.
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Streep prepared for the role by spending months watching broadcasts of Margaret Thatcher to learn her mannerisms and speech. She also spoke to dozens of people who knew her, including former Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock, who faced Thatcher in the House of Commons for seven years.
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Meryl Streep never met Margaret Thatcher. She attended one of her lectures in 2001 at Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL, United States where Streep's own daughter Mamie Gummer was a student.
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Meryl Streep was named Best Actress of the Year at the Academy Awards for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in this film. The Oscar was presented to her by Colin Firth, who had been named Best Lead Actor the year before for his performance as King George VI in The King's Speech (2010). Streep subsequently presented Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role to Daniel Day-Lewis, for his performance as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012). So in a span of three years, lead acting Oscars were awarded for portrayals of the King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth and Emperor of India, the British Prime Minister and the President of the United States.
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It was reported that Margaret Thatcher never saw the film in her lifetime. She died from a stroke in 2013, aged 88, two years after the film was released.
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Early in the film, a book on Otto von Bismarck, known as the "Iron Chancellor," is visible in Thatcher's apartment.
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The film was not welcome in some areas where Thatcher was very unpopular. The town cinema in Barnsley refused to show it. In Chesterfield, a group opposed to the movie picketed outside the cinema.
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At The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) , this movie was nominated for two Oscars, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Makeup, and won both, achieving a perfect score of two wins from two nominations. This feat was previously also achieved by Ed Wood (1994) which also won two Oscars from two nominations. Both films won in the Makeup category and one award for the acting.
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One of about half a dozen American politics movies / politically themed pictures featuring actress Meryl Streep. The films are Julia (1977), Suffragette (2015), The Iron Lady (2011), Lions for Lambs (2007), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), and The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979).
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This movie contains six actors from Game of Thrones (2011): Iain Glen, Harry Lloyd, Rupert Vansittart, Susan Brown, Richard E. Grant, and Jim Broadbent.
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Anthony Head, who plays former Chancellor of the Exhequer Geoffrey Howe in this film, had a regular part as the Prime Minister in the British television sketch series Little Britain (2003).
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The billboard for the film shows an image of Thatcher's head fused with a lopsided landscape of the Westminster houses of parliament where the Prime Minister conducted many a contentious debate.
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Ian Glein, Pip Torrens, Richard E. Grant and Matthew Marsh worked together in Mountains of the Moon (1990).
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