Queen of Hip Hop Soul Snags Two Oscar Nominations
Earlier this month, Mary J. Blige was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and this week, the Grammy-winning singer dubbed the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” got a pair of Oscar nominations to go with it.
Blige was nominated for her best supporting actress performance in “Mudbound”, the film adaption of a 2008 novel, in which she portrays a mother-of-four dealing with prejudice on a Mississippi Delta farm during the Jim Crow South. In addition to the acting nod, the 47-year old singer—who is going through a contentious divorce—earned a best original song nomination for “Mighty River,” which was co-written by Blige with Raphael Saadiq for the movie.
It is the fifth film for Blige, who is inspired by the likes of Queen Latifah and LL Cool J who have successfully transitioned from music to acting.
“I definitely want to do that” the singer told Deadline, but I love music—I’m not ever going to leave that alone because I need to do that. I need to.”
Other blacks receiving Oscar nods include newcomer Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) who will face off against Denzel Washington among others in the best actor category. Get Out also earned a best picture nomination for Jordan Peele. Octavia Spencer received her second best supporting actress nod for her work in “The Shape of Water” which led with 13 Oscar nominations. Finally, Dee Rees could make history as the first black woman to pick up a writing award should she win in the category of best adapted screenplay for “Mudbone”.