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Oscars 2017: Ruth Negga Nominated For Best Actress

by Jennifer McShane
24th Jan 2017

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Ruth Negga attends "Loving" New York Premiere at Landmark Sunshine Theater on October 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

She did it! Following whispers from the Hollywood powers that be for months, it was announced today that?Irish actress Ruth Negga has been awarded a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her moving performance in Loving.

Richard and Mildred Loving were an interracial couple whose marriage was declared illegal in Virginia, where interracial coupling was considered a felony at the time. The couple took a case to the US Supreme Court after years of struggling to get their marriage recognised. They won the case in 1967 and the judgment of Loving vs. Virginia became one of the most iconic decisions of the court. At the time, interracial marriage was known as miscegenation, and many states had laws against it. The Loving case effectively made it impossible for states to pass and uphold such laws, as the court found them to be unconstitutional.

It’s a beautiful movie and Negga shines, so it’s unsurprising that she has been recognised. Also worth noting is the calibre of actresses she has been nominated alongside – from Meryl Streep (who secured her 20th Oscar nomination for?Florence Foster Jenkins) to Natalie Portman, Isabelle Huppert and Emma Stone. And on a Stone related-note, critic-favourite musical La La Land led the Oscar nominations with 14 nods – a tie for the all-time record also held by Titanic and All About Eve.?

See list the?list of key nominations below and cross your fingers that Negga nabs the statuette:

Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester By the Sea

Best actress
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Best actor
Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best director
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)


Best cinematography
La La Land

Best supporting actor
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best supporting actress
Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea)

Best documentary
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
OJ: Made in America

Best foreign language film
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Best costume design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Best score
La La Land

Best song
Audition (La La Land)
Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls)
City of Stars (La La Land)
The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story)
How Far I’ll Go (Moana)

See the remaining nominations?HERE