Meryl Streep was delighted to earn an Oscar nomination for her performance in "August: Osage County," but the experience was made slightly bittersweet when she realized her friend, "Saving Mr. Banks" star Emma Thompson, was not nominated.
"I was really shocked," Streep, 64, told Ellen DeGeneres, who echoed the sentiment.
Streep was so affected by the snub, she said, that she sent Thompson a note.
"I wrote her a long heartfelt email saying how bad I felt," Streep said, "and she wrote me back and said, 'Good.'"
Streep, whom DeGeneres said has won 119 awards throughout her career, also said that she did not expect her name to be called at Thursday's nomination ceremony. In fact, she slept in "because I didn't think I had a chance."
"You read the papers and they all say, 'Oh, she doesn't have a chance,'" Streep said. "I'm old news."