Blige becomes first to earn acting, songwriting Oscar nods in same year

There’s a first for everything, and for Mary J. Blige, her latest achievement is a major first.

According to Huffington Post, the R&B singer — who stars in the Netflix film “Mudbound,” which tells the story of two families living in Jim Crow-era Mississippi — earned two nominations for her contributions to the film. For her portrayal of Florence Jackson, HuffPost says Blige received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress; additionally, her song for the film, “Mighty River,” secured a nomination for Best Original Song.

With her two nominations come a place in history, says HuffPost, as she is now “the first person ever to receive an acting and songwriting nomination within the same year,” not to mention she is also “the first actor to be nominated for a film directed by a woman of color [Dee Rees].”

Also scoring a nomination for the film was Rachel Morrison, who was recognized for Best Achievement in Cinematography and scored another first, becoming the first female director of photography to be nominated in the Best Cinematography category.

Congratulations to these two talents!

 

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