1. Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep's long and illustrious career has always been the definitive goal of every actress in Hollywood. Streep holds the record for the most nominations for an actress with the academy, a total of 18. She began her streak in 1979 with a nod for Best Supporting Actress in "The Deer Hunter." Since then, Streep has scored big and won accolades as an actress to aspire to, with roles in movies such as "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Sophie's Choice," "Postcards from the Edge," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Julie and Julia" and this year's "August: Osage County."