Niecy Nash Trying to Stay 'Present' Through 'Selma' Golden Globe Nominations

by 5:44 PM PST, December 11, 2014
Playing Niecy Nash Trying to Stay 'Present' Through 'Selma' Golden Globe Nominations

Niecy Nash has come a long way from her days on Reno 911! Her latest movie, Selma, was recognized with four nominations at the Golden Globes early Thursday morning, and Niecy stopped by the ET stage to dish on the good news.

"I'm so happy for Ava [DuVernay], I'm happy for David [Oyelowo]," Niecy, who plays civil rights heroine Richie Jean Jackson in the movie, told ET. "We had a song that was nominated ... I mean all of it."

VIDEO: Oprah Tears Talking About Selma

The movie is up for four Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Director, Motion Picture (Ava DuVernay); Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (David Oyelowo) and Best Original Song, Motion Picture (Common and John Legend for "Glory").

Selma follows a crucial time in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life when black marchers attempted to walk from Selma, Ala. to Montgomery in order to obtain voting rights in 1965. The journey took three attempts due to police resistance. Richie Jean opened up her home to MLK to help plan the march.

This marks a benchmark year for Niecy, as she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series category for her role on The Soul Man. So ET's Kevin Frazier was curious if she was ready for awards season.

"Ready? I don't know," Niecy admitted. "But what I am is present, because a lot of times when great things happen in your life you might miss the moment because so much is happening so fast. I purposely stay present and just enjoy the moment."

Niecy's Selma co-star David Oyelowo (who plays MLK) and director Ava DuVernay sent a message to her during a previous ET sit-down that Kevin played for Niecy.

"I just think about how beautiful you are in the scenes you're in," Ava told Niecy. "There's one particular scene everybody loves in the movie and Niecy's right in the middle of the scene, of course. We love you, Niecy. Thank you!"

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"Don't make me cry. I just put these eyelashes on," Niecy joked.

Watch the video to find out how Niecy's part in HBO's Getting On helped get her cast in Selma.

The Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, air live on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.