The traditional luncheon of the Oscars brought together the stars who compete for a statuette in the next edition. Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino, Charlize Theron, Renée Zellweger, Brad Pitt… There were many actors who had fun at the Loews Hotel in Los Angeles, but they all sought a common goal: to meet Cynthia Erivo, the actress of the moment and that everyone is talking about this awards season. Brad Pitt, although he carried the sign that identified him with his name, He was one of the first to show up. Later came the effusive greeting from his ‘rival’ Renée Zellweger and then his hug with Charlize Theron, with whom he also competes for the Oscar for best actress. These are just some of the details of a great afternoon for Cynthia Erivo before her date on February 9 at the Dolby Theater.
The British actress and songwriter aspires to two Oscars for Harriet, film for which she has received the nomination of best actress and best original song for the subject Stand up, which makes it the third artist in history who is nominated for two Oscars, both for her acting and musical work. Cynthia still can’t get out of her amazement. “It’s really surreal to think about where I was a few years ago and where I am now. It’s crazy.”He confessed as soon as he knew the nominations. “I’ve spent all day trying to figure out how to fully describe how I feel right now, and most of the time I fall short; I lack the proper vocabulary to share with you how I feel inside, disbelief comes in waves, followed by understanding, the vertigo of a teenage girl, then I am shocked and then total exhaustion comes (it will be a matter of jet lag) “.
Despite the accolades and fame, Erivo insists that she remains the girl with the big, bright eyes unafraid to have fun or stand out. Erivo this year is the only person of color nominated in the interpretation categories – in the United States they have already cleared up their confusion by referring to Antonio Banderas as an actor of color. There are only five nominations for black people in all categories and Erivo represents two of them. Worse still has been at the Baftas in which there have been no black actors among this year’s nominees, prompting Erivo to reject the organization’s invitation to perform at its ceremony on February 2. On the other hand, at the Oscars he will and will perform his song. “Before the nominations, one of my dreams was to perform on the Oscar stage, with or without a nomination “, he assures. “But doing it to my own song, it’s, like, beyond belief. I can’t even express how I feel.”
She was born in Stockwell (London) in 1987. Daughter of Nigerian parents, she was raised by her mother, a nurse who always knew her daughter’s qualities for the performing arts. “It was not a surprise for her when it happened because she already knew it” Erivo confessed to New York Times. “And when I told her that I was going to be an actress, that I was going to sing, she said, ‘Okay, make sure you work hard.’ The first time he jumped on stage was with his role in the play Marine parade by Simon Stephens. Later he participated in renowned musicals such as Was looking at the ceiling and then i saw the sky, at the Royal Stratford East Theater. But his real opportunity came with the musical The color purple. With which he started with just 16 years in London. Given the success of the performances, he moved to Broadway and that is when Erivo managed to a Tony and an Emmy in the category of best musical actress.
On 2018 started his film career. Her first film roles were Belle, one of the four Widows by Steve McQueen and then Darlene Sweet, the protagonist of Bad times at the El Royale. Next came his third film and the one that is giving him the most joy, Harriet. His role in this film was involved in controversy, since much of the public criticized that a British woman gave life to one of the American women who has fought the most for the civil rights of blacks. Harriet ctells the true story of an African American woman who gets break free from slavery and that, after visions that she believes are direct messages from God, she begins to rescue slaves from the south. Harriet Tubman was, in addition to being an advocate for the civil rights of African Americans, a protector of the Women rights and the female vote. For this interpretation, she could take the Oscar, being the most unknown of all the candidates for the award in the same category. Scarlett Johansson, Renée Zellweger, Saoirse Ronan y Charlize Theron They are his rivals, but also friends as he has shown in the race to the Oscar.
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Cynthia Erivo, the two Oscar nominated actress everyone wants to meet