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Meryl Streep's 'flawless' Margaret Thatcher biopic trailer

The first preview of the Oscar winner's hotly anticipated The Iron Lady has finally arrived. Is another Best Actress statue on the way?

The video: The first teaser for The Iron Lady, which stars Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, hit the web Thursday. (Watch the video below.) The overwhelming response: "Should we just hand Meryl Streep another Academy Award now?" When the film, which will be released in December, was announced, Oscar prognosticators predicted that Streep and this strong role — the polarizing first female Prime Minister of England — could be the perfect combination. And in this first glimpse, at least — in which advisers fuss over the young Thatcher's appearance, only to be told firmly by the budding politician that her pearls are "absolutely non-negotiable" — Streep's performance is being hailed as "flawless."

The reaction: "You may smell something when you view the clip," says Jen Chaney at The Washington Post. "It's called the scent of a potential Academy Award nomination for Best Actress." Would you expect anything less from the woman who's already piled up a record 16 nominations over her storied career? Hold on, says Oliver Lyttelton at Indie Wire. Streep's take on Thatcher is too "glib" and "silly." Her Thatcher seems more a mix of her Lemony Snicket character "with a sprinkling of Julia Child" than an embodiment of the forceful politician. Judge for yourself:

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