Cynthia Erivo Gets Golden Globes Double Nomination
Award-winning actress, Cynthia Erivo has earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman in Harriet, as well as for Best Original Song for ‘Stand Up’.
“To say I’m very excited is an understatement. This is unbelievable,” says Erivo.
Erivo, who has already won a Tony, Emmy and a Grammy for her work on the Broadway musical The Color Purple, is a first-time Globe nominee and is going through the awards season for the first time with a film. “I’m having a lot of fun. I seem to be experiencing a consistent amount of firsts every year — so this was just another first,” she says. “I didn’t know what to expect from it, and, yes, you can get tired, but really, that’s a small thing — the rest is exhilarating.”
She’s nominated in the “Best Performance by an Actress In a Motion Picture—Drama” alongside Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Renée Zellwegger and Saoirse Ronan.
Harriet has been a commercial success, but Erivo’s casting initially drew criticism as some felt the Nigerian-Brit shouldn’t have been cast in the role of the African-American hero. The film’s writer and director, Kasi Lemmons, recently addressed the backlash, in a roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “”I felt that we were bearing the culture of the Harriet Tubman story beautifully,” she said. “About Cynthia, you just don’t get any better,” she continued. “She was prepared in every way you could possibly be prepared to play this role. She was prepared physically, emotionally, spiritually to play Harriet Tubman. And she was wonderful.”
Erivo was also recently nominated for a Critics Choice Award for her performance.
As for the other categories, it seems despite strong contenders from the continent including Blitz the Ambassador’s The Burial of Kojo, no African films were nominated in the Best Foreign Feature category. Lupita Nyong’o who has garnered immense awards buzz for her performance in Us—even winning Best Lead Actress at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards—is another notable exclusion.
If you’re interested, check out the full list of 2020 Golden Globe nominations below.
February 28, 2020