Why Meryl Streep's kids gave their dad an honorary Oscar.

Meryl Streep is a veteran when it comes to the Academy Awards.

The 68-year-old is the most Oscar-nominated actress in history with 21 nominations and has been attending the ceremony for close to 40 years.

But for all those years, at all those red carpets, there’s been someone else who’s been attending just as long but with no official nominations to show for it – her husband of 40 years, sculptor Don Gummer.

Image: Getty

And the couple's daughter, Louise Gummer, shared a hilarious story on Twitter after the Oscars last night about what they did to make their dad feel better about the whole thing.

"Fun fact: We once made my dad a fake Oscar for acting comfortable at these things for 40 years straight," she tweeted.

Her Twitter account has since been made private, but not before her story quickly went viral.

Streep and Gummer at the 51st Academy Awards in 1979 Image: Getty

Here's hoping the awards share the same pride of place on the mantlepiece.

Streep earned her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 1978's The Deer Hunter, the year Streep and Hummer married.

The pair have four children - Henry Wolfe, Louisa, Mamie and Grace.

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