Streep joins Lane, Nichols for tribute

Meryl Streep made a surprise appearance Saturday afternoon in East Hampton, joining Nathan Lane and Mike Nichols for a Hamptons Film Fest and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences tribute to costume designer Ann Roth.

Streep laughed loudly from her seat in the back of Guild Hall when the afternoon’s moderator, CNN’s Alina Chow, described Roth as “the Meryl Streep of costume designers.”

Roth, who is nearing 85, commended “the festival on its steely optimism in waiting until 2012 to bestow such an honor on me.”

The designer went on to talk about getting Pierce Brosnan to wear Spandex while singing “Waterloo” in the movie version of “Mamma Mia!”

“There we are crossing the lot, he’s in Spandex, and here comes Daniel Craig walking past us in the most stunning tuxedo. Let’s just say it was an awkward moment,” said Roth.

Streep wowed the aud by reading a poem she wrote called “Ode to Ann.”

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