Sapochetti: Oscar night could see sequel of Meryl Streep vs. Donald Trump

February 26, 2017 GMT

With a record-tying 14 nominations, “La La Land” is expected to be the big winner at tonight’s 89th Academy Awards.

But if legendary actress Meryl Streep takes home her fourth Oscar, the headlines the next day won’t be about “La La Land” surpassing “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings” for the most golden statues — they’ll be all about what she has to say about President Trump during her acceptance speech.

After receiving the prestigious Cecile B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes last month, Streep spent much of her nearly 6-minute speech denouncing Trump for his campaign rhetoric and criticizing him for mocking a disabled reporter. Soon after, Trump took to Twitter to vent his frustration.

“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes,” he wrote. “She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter.”

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The back-and-forth launched a feud between the president and an actress who is universally considered the greatest female thespian of all time.

Calling Meryl Streep overrated would be akin to saying Tom Brady is an average quarterback.

Most people don’t want to hear their favorite athletes, movie stars or musicians opining about politics. I do.

They can move the needle on a conversation that may otherwise be overlooked. And since they have a bigger megaphone than the rest of us, they have the unique ability to enact change.

Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore echoed those sentiments after Streep’s Golden Globes speech.

“When the powerful (Trump) use their position to bully others, we all lose,” she wrote on Twitter.

Conservative columnist and Fox News host Meghan McCain tweeted: “This Meryl Streep speech is exactly why Trump won. And if people in Hollywood don’t start recognizing why and how, you will help him get re-elected.”

A Streep win followed by an anti-Trump speech would surely fire up Hollywood and the left — but it would also gin up Trump’s passionate base.

And though Streep isn’t considered a favorite to win for her role in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” if she wins and goes after Trump, you won’t have to wait very long to hear the president’s response. I’m sure our 45th president will be ready to fight back. Big league.

John Sapochetti is co-host of Herald Drive heard weekday mornings 6-9 on Boston Herald Radio. Follow him on twitter @johnsap25.