Cynthia Erivo must be on cloud nine right now as she has been nominated in 2 categories for this year’s Oscars. The British actress of Nigerian descent is currently the only person of colour to receive a nomination for acting this year.
Cynthia has been nominated in the Best Lead Actress category for her stellar performance in the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet, with her 2nd nomination in the category of Best Original Song for “Stand Up” – the soundtrack to Harriet.
These nominations mean that Cynthia might now become the 2nd Black actress to win an Oscar for a lead role since Halle Berry won an Oscar in 2001. She is rumoured to be the 11th Black actress to be nominated in the same category since the Oscars started. What could this all mean? Cynthia Erivo could become the youngest person to receive the honour of having an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (EGOT) – a privilege only a few in the entertainment industry can boast of.
Addressing her Oscar nomination in an Instagram post, Cynthia said;
…so if you asked me4 years ago in the middle of a Broadway show if I saw myself being nominated for an @theacademy award, I may have said yes, but not today…not on a plane on the way to sing a concert in Japan. I’m blown away, I’m speechless. I’m grateful. Your dreams are never too wild or too farfetched or too anything. They are yours to make come true. They are valid. This has taken some learning on my part but, well, here we are today.Cynthia Erivo (@CynthiaErivo)
We are extremely excited for her and can’t wait to see her walk that stage and win that award!
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