Meryl Streep's banter with Seacrest

Meryl Streep jokingly confronted Ryan
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On her way into the ceremony in Los Angeles, Meryl - who was also nominated in the category for her performance in Julie And Julia - stopped to speak to the E! red carpet host.

"I was watching you earlier," Meryl said with mock gravity.

The actress chastised the American Idol presenter for "cheerleading a little," but added: "That's all right."

Ryan, a little stricken, responded: "I knew you were going to come and you were going to crush me."

But Meryl gave in, saying in reference to eventual winner Sandra: "I'm in love with her, as is everyone in America. I kind of have been pulling for all the young gals."

Meryl's nomination was her 16th. She won for Kramer Vs Kramer in 1980 and Sophie's Choice in 1983.

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Meryl Streep is a class act. Seacrest, on the other hand...
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