Not only did Mary J. Blige earn her first-ever Oscar nomination, but she’s also a double nominee at the 90th annual Academy Awards.
The longtime singer was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mudbound, the Dee Rees-directed Netflix film about two families -- one black and one white -- struggling to survive during the post-War, Jim Crow era in rural Mississippi. Blige was also nominated for Best Original Song for “Mighty River,” which she wrote and sang for the film.
Mudbound is only Blige’s fifth film role since making her debut in 2001’s Prison Song. She has since appeared in Rock of Ages and Black Nativity and has guest-starred on Empire and How to Get Away With Murder.
This is not the first time Blige was a double nominee this awards season. She was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and Best Original Song at the Golden Globes. Her Mudbound role has also earned her nominations for Critics' Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award and a trophy for Breakout Actress at the Hollywood Film Awards.
Mudbound also made history when Rachel Morrison became the first woman ever nominated for Oscar's Best Cinematography award.
The 90th annual Academy Awards will be hosted live by Jimmy Kimmel at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, March 4 starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC.
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