Meryl Streep celebrates her Oscar win by highlighting a cause close to Viola Davis

I’m pretty sure that Viola Davis and Meryl Streep didn’t know each other before they worked together on Doubt. I’ve read interviews with Viola where she described her flat-out terror at the prospect of acting against Meryl, and how that terror led her to be excessively prepared for her scene with Meryl. Whatever went down during filming of Doubt, it seems like V and Meryl became fast friends. They both garnered Oscar nominations for the film, and they were very hand-holdy and affectionate with each other in interviews and on lots of red carpets. I tend to think that everybody loves Meryl, though – she’s just seems like a lovely woman, a woman who actively mentors younger actresses, a woman who is comfortable being a role model.

Anyway, as you know, Meryl and Viola found themselves in competition for the Best Actress Oscar. Many (including me) thought V had it sewn up – how could the Academy NOT give it Viola for not only her heart-wrenching performance, but for her two decades of work in film, television and theater? Well, it went to Meryl. When Meryl won, she kissed her husband and then reached across the aisle to embrace Viola. I thought V looked sad, but there was also a look on her face of – “Well, if I was going to lose, I’m glad I lost to Meryl.”

So in the post-Oscar clean-up, Meryl did something for her friend which is… kind of amazing. Meryl celebrated her Oscar victory by donating $10,000 to a charter school that Viola supports in her hometown of Central Falls, Rhode Island. G–damn, Meryl is a classy bitch.

The Help’s Viola Davis may have missed out on an Oscar trophy at Sunday’s Academy Awards, but she still walked away somewhat of a winner thanks to the night’s big champ Meryl Streep.

On Monday, Streep — who earned top honors for her portrayal in The Iron Lady — donated $10,000 to a bankrupt charter school Davis supports in her Rhode Island hometown of Central Falls.

“We’ve just been screaming from the rooftops,” Angelo Garcia, the founder and director of operations at the Segue Institute for Learning, told Reuters after news of Streep’s donation was made public Tuesday. “We’re excited Meryl Streep has gotten the ball rolling for us, but we recognize there’s a long road ahead of us,” he added.

Donating on behalf of her Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, Streep, 62, will soon see her funds put to good use, allowing the school to establish a capital campaign in hopes of raising $1.2 million to buy and renovate a nearby building and community center.

[From Us Weekly]

How much do you love this? This is grace in victory. This is not a move of pity, or shame or a feeling of undeservedness. Meryl thinks she deserved the Oscar – she would have been fine without it, sure, but if they were going to give it her, she would accept it with open arms. But she can simultaneously honor her co-nominee and friend and make a public move to support her friend’s cause. I just… I’m so filled with love for both of these ladies. They’re awesome.

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  1. Bite me says:

    Class act… From now on am actually going to the movie theater to watch her movies instead of waiting for the dvd

  2. gloaming says:

    Meryl’s so classy. Actually they both are.

  3. lucy2 says:

    Two classy, intelligent, talented, lovely women. They are the ones little girls should look up to.

  4. Backwards says:

    I have always admired V, Meryl (and Tilda). Beautiful, classy women.

    • your greasy greasy grandmammy says:

      correct me if i am wrong, and i hope that i am, but doesnt tilda support that padophile rapist roman polanski? i wouldnt exactly call that classy.

  5. HAYDEN says:

    Meryl’s awesome. This is an act that shows true love and friendship between these two wonderful women. I just hope that “actresses” around the world would see this as an example and do more things like this *cough cough* GOOP and be less full of themselves. Meryl and viola have my love forever

  6. Nessa says:

    This woman is spectacular. I adore her and everything she represents.

  7. My2Cents says:

    What a gracious woman. It makes me love her just that little bit more.

  8. Flan says:

    AAA+ class, both of them.

  9. Dusty says:

    To me, it seems like “shut up” money. And frankly, if it is “shut up” money, 10,000 is a lame amount.

  10. fancyamazon says:

    That is a very nice gesture. I guess it is publicized so that the public will know how close thy are.

    I still don’t really care for stars publicizing how much money they give to this and that. There are celebrities who give their time and money all the time to causes and no press releases about any of it. I know this because there is evidence of it, it just isn’t spewed out by their respective reps and magnified across the globe.

  11. NO SH¡T says:

    Sounds more like a consolation prize… Well since I got my oscar I’ll throw you a bone.

  12. The Original Mia says:

    Love Meryl, but let’s call this what it is: “I’m sorry you probably lost out on your only chance to win a Best Actress Oscar. Here’s some cash for your old school. Don’t hate me!” That bit of cynicism aside, it was a nice gesture. I’m sure the school appreciated it and that Viola was honored and touched.

  13. mia girl says:

    Meryl is awesome… that is all.

  14. mel says:

    Ok…tears! Love both of them…

  15. mememe says:

    Very, very dear. They seem to enjoy each others company.

  16. dvz says:

    Did she give the same amount to the other nominees who didn’t win? If not, I find that a bit racist/noblesse oblige.

    • SpunkyPR says:

      Apparently she’s very good friends with Viola and maybe not so much with the other nominees. Wow, I really don’t care why she did, but the fact that she did is great. Not only does she get good publicity out of it but the school gets publicity too (which is probably why this was made public), but I forget, all movie stars are self-centered, narcissists, so carry on.

  17. author says:

    No I think Viola will be at the Oscars again. She as such range and depth as an actress. I know with the right script, the right story, the right time. Viola will get that oscar again.

  18. Tiffany says:

    There have been stories of The Streep doing things like this for awhile. I believe that she is one of the most liked and respected actors in the business. This woman has been an actor for over 30 years and no oe in the business has a bad thing to say about her. Like kaiser said she looks out for other actors and her doing this is not all that suprising.

  19. Stephie says:

    That’s great but am I the only one wondering, why JUST $10,000 ? She makes millions. Just seems like a small amount when she has so much more. Small gesture where it’s the thought that counts I guess. Probably seems like millions to them.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      $10K may have been for a specific expense, or it may be only the most recent amount, or the only amount about which we’ve heard.

  20. nora says:

    WRONG! Meryl doneted it before the Oscars!!!!!!!!!!

  21. C-DUB says:

    It’s so nice to read positive stories like this.

  22. the original bellaluna says:

    A class act, through and through, the both of them. Blohan, take notes: THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE.

  23. Kim says:

    Further proof of how classy Meryl is.

  24. Alix says:

    The idea isn’t to make sure the awards are evenly distributed. After almost 30 years since her last win, and umpteen nominations in between, Streep deserved that statuette. Not just for her incredible performance in The Iron Lady, but for a body of work so stellar she is the most nominated actor in history.

    Viola Davis is now a two-time Oscar nominee — nothing to sneeze at, and odds are good that she’ll get the nod if/when she’s nominated again. In the meantime, Meryl’s sharing some of her joy — and paying a meaningful tribute to her friend’s own accomplishments — with a gift to support a cause close to Viola’s heart. A generous but not too-big I-could-buy-and-sell-you-folks amount. Seems like a lovely gesture and beautiful friendship all around.

  25. sarah says:

    totally agree Asli.

  26. Lara says:

    Absolutely love them both!

  27. CHRISTIAN_GIRL says:

    Fanastic gesture, lets try and remember that when another celebrity donates again to charity and it gets publicized, they are all class acts.

    You can’t slam one and praise the others. No matter the causes the funds get donated. MS, SB and AJ have all donated money that we KNOW about, yet one is constantly criticized as only doing it for PR. Perhaps they all are OR they genuinely care. It’s still a great thing to do. A 3rd of your life is a lot of PR, yet she is still attacked. Oh well, life goes on.

  28. anytime says:

    i agree and maybe they didn’t want both black actresses to get oscars because you know, hell would freeze over before that happened -eyeroll- anyway good on her for donating though