1st December 2023
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Meryl Streep among recipients of Spain’s Princess of Asturias Awards

American actress Meryl Streep received Spain’s prestigious Princess of Asturias Arts Award at a ceremony presided over by the Spanish royal family in the northern city of Oviedo on Friday.

The holder of three Oscars, eight Golden Globes, two BAFTAs and three Emmys, after more than 40 years of acting career, Streep is considered one of the world’s best contemporary actresses.

During her acceptance speech, Streep spoke about the empathy actors must feel for their characters and which people in cinemas and theatres feel for people on screen or stage that look — or sound — different to themselves, as something that could be useful in everyday life too.

‘Empathy may be a radical form of outreach and diplomacy useful in other theatres of endeavour,’ she said. ‘In our world, in our increasingly hostile, volatile world, I hope we might take to heart another rule every actor is taught, that is: it is all about listening.’ Click here for her full speech.

The prize was one of eight awarded this year in areas covering the arts, literature, science and international cooperation among others. The annual awards are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. Haruki Murakami also attended the ceremony on Friday, as the recipient of the Princess of Asturias Award for Literature. Click here for the full list of award winners.

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