Cynthia Erivo’s Two Oscar Nominations Gets A Step Closer To EGOT status


British-Nigerian actress Cynthia Erivo has bagged two nominations at this year’s Oscars. She’s also the only person of color to receive a nomination for acting this year. The Award’s that’s been critiqued for it’s lack of diversity and is currently facing a lot of backlash for it’s nominations list released this week.

Cynthia Erivo got nominated in the the category of “Best Lead Actress”, is for her applaudable performance in the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet, the second nomination, was in “Best Original Song”, for “Stand Up”—the soundtrack to Harriet. The actress has won a Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award after just entering the acting world in 2018. Winning the oscars will make her the youngest individual to receive the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (EGOT) prestige and also the first to do it within just four years.

Speaking at the 2020 Critics Choice Award, the actress described what winning an Oscar would mean to her saying, “I don’t even know if I have the words. It would mean the world. It really would.” She went on to add that, “It’s insane and weird and crazy, and also to be even thought of in that way. I like the idea of being a ‘breakout’ at this point in my career because it means that I can really keep going.”

Erivo’s “Stand Up” competes this year against “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from Rocketman, “I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough and “Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2.

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