AFP

PARIS -US actress Meryl Streep, nominated for her 18th Oscar for “August: Osage County”, on Friday said she was “very grateful” to be in the running despite having won three times.

Streep stars in the black comedy drama along with Julia Roberts as the “toxic” and strong-willed Violet Weston who gathers her family together after the death of her husband.

The film is based on the award-winning Broadway stage play by Tracy Letts who also wrote the screenplay.

“I saw the play seven years ago. I remember it hit all of us like a freight train ... I was entranced, it made me laugh and it shocked me,” the actress told reporters in Paris where the film had its French premiere on Thursday.