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Cynthia Erivo edges closer to EGOT status with Oscar nomination

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Hannah Rogers | 16 January, 2020, 03:53

British Academy Film Awards invited Erivo to perform the Harriet ballad "Stand Up", but she reportedly turned down the opportunity because it "didn't represent people of color in the right light".

The Oscar nominations have been revealed, with a number of stage-y names and adaptations recognised across a variety of categories. Namely, Cynthia Erivo earning status as a double-nominee.

Cynthia Erivo shows off the long train to her stunning gown at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday (January 12) at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

Cynthia Erivo, nominated for an Oscar, replied that she was the only actress of the color who was nominated at this year's ceremony.

"The reason I didn't perform is because I don't think it's proper representation, as a woman of color, of people of color in this industry."
But in the meantime, we can genuinely say, congratulations to Cynthia Erivo.

Vying for second place with 10 nominations apiece are three films: Martin Scorsese's elegiac crime epic "The Irishman", Quentin Tarantino's 1960s Los Angeles fairy tale "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" and Sam Mendes' World War I tale "1917". I work hard and every single person of colour who is working in these films this year has worked really hard, and there are many of them who deserve to be celebrated... and no women directors, I was just like..."C'mon"'. And no women directors?

The major awards in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), such as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor are all white.

Elsewhere in the 2020 nominations, Scarlett Johansson also scooped two nods - Best Actress for her role as Nicole Barber in Marriage Story and Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Rosie Betzler, an anti-Nazi rebel in Hitler's Germany who is hiding a Jewish girl in her attic, in Taika Waititi's movie Jojo Rabbit.

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