Watch Meryl Streep Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom; Stephen Sondheim Unable to Attend (Video)

News   Watch Meryl Streep Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom; Stephen Sondheim Unable to Attend (Video) Stephen Sondheim, the legendary songwriter of Into the Woods, was unable to attend the Nov. 24 ceremony where he was to be presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Stephen Sondheim Photo by Jerry Jackson/courtesy of HBO

"This year we honor 18," said President Barack Obama at the ceremony. "Unfortunately, Stephen Sondheim could not be with us today. I'm going to be presenting him with this award at our 2015 ceremony."

Meryl Streep, the star of the upcoming film adaptation of Sondheim's Woods, was among the 18 individuals who received the honor.

When asked about receiving the Medal of Freedom, Streep previously explained, "Well, I thought he deserved it! It's a pretty amazing thing. I sort of can't quite figure it out myself — for myself — but [I'm] very, very honored and sort of gobsmacked by the whole thing. We'll fly down together next Sunday night, so that will be fun."

Click here to read the full Playbill interview with Streep.

President Barack Obama announced the recipients Nov. 10. The awards, the nation's highest civilian honor, are presented at the White House.

Watch the ceremony below:

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