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Meryl Streep: I'm old news

Meryl Streep was sleeping when the Academy Award nominations were revealed.

Yesterday the actress received her 18th Oscar nomination, picking up a mention in the best actress category for her work in August: Osage County.

Even though she should be used to such accolades, it still shocked the 64 year old.

"Because I'm so old news, you know," she explained, to which talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and the audience cried out in dismay.

The host then quizzed Meryl on how she heard the early morning news.

When asked if she was waiting by the phone, Meryl revealed an altogether different scenario.

"I was dead asleep. Late," Meryl recalled. "And because I didn't think I had a chance you know?"

Ellen couldn't hide her own surprise at the revelation. Meryl explained she had read media reports while questioned whether she had done enough to be nominated.

In August: Osage County Meryl portrays pill-popping, foul-mouthed matriarch Violet Weston.

She is in the best actress category alongside Amy Adams, Dame Judi Dench, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.

But despite acknowledging the calibre of her fellow nominees, Meryl couldn't help but share her disappointment that her friend Emma Thompson didn't receive a nod for her role in Saving Mr. Banks.

"I was really shocked. And I wrote her a long, heartfelt email saying you know how bad I felt and she wrote me back and said 'good'," she laughed.

While on the show, Ellen also got Meryl to read out recipes and Wikipedia entries in different voices to showcase her acting credentials, to much hilarity.

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