Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and director/writer Robert Benton on location during production of Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). All three would end up winning Oscars for their roles in the film: Hoffman for Actor, Streep for Supporting Actress, and Benton for Director and for Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium).
Dustin Hoffman planned the moment when he throws his wine glass against the wall during the restaurant scene with Meryl Streep. The only person he warned in advance was the cameraman, to make sure that it got in the shot. Streep’s shocked reaction is real, but she stayed in character long enough for the director to yell cut. In the documentary on the DVD, she recalls yelling at Hoffman as soon as the shot was over for scaring her so badly.
Since her first Oscar nomination for “The Deer Hunter” in 1979, Meryl Streep has been nominated more years than not. She has won three statuettes, but she has also been singled out for playing, among others: an intimidating magazine editor, a brazen whistleblower, an actress looking for a comeback, a nun with an ax to grind and Julia Child. Her dominance is irrefutable (regardless of what one vocal critic in the White House may have tweeted).