Andra Day was the second black woman to win Best Actress in a Play at the Golden Globes.
Now, she is part of another milestone: for the first time in nearly 50 years, two black women are in the same year for Best Actress.
Day, who plays the iconic singer Billy Holiday in the Hulu biopicUnited States Vs Billy Holiday, “And Viola Davis, who plays another leading singer in”Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The first pair of Black actresses to be nominated since 1973, facing Diana Ross (“Lady Siz the Blues”) and Cicely Tyson (“Sounder”).
And, in a twist of fate, Dey is nominated for the same role that Ross played. However, she is probably hoping for better luck: Ross lost the 1973 race to Lisa Minnelli, who won for her performance as Sally Bowles in “Cabaret”.
Dey told Variety in January that she Took an immersive approach For her character, including losing about 40 pounds and drinking and smoking cigarettes. “I just asked God to give me all of the pain and trauma,” she said. It was his first acting role in a major film.
Although “The United States vs. Billy Holiday” received mixed reviews, Dey gave critical acclaim to New York Times co-lead film critic AO Scott for his “canny and charismatic” performance. His voice, They have written, “Some of Holiday’s signature features breathless lines and delicate inclinations, and in place of a phrase suggests her ability to ache and retreat from the fad.”
This is Davis’ fourth nomination (she won the Best Supporting Actress Award in 2017 for her role in “Fans”). In “Ma Rainey”, he played Blues singer Ma Rainey, along with Chadwick Boseman’s trumpeter, Levey, in the final film role of the departed actor before dying of colon cancer in August.
“Davis brilliantly portrays both the weak position and the indomitable spirit of this strong figure,” Mark Kermode The Guardian has written In December, “With fiery eyes shining through the dark shadows and battered rage of her make-up, Proudly stands her ground.”
Day and Davis would go up against Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”), Frances MacDormand (“Nomadland”) and Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”).
In more than 90 years the awards have been handed over, with only one best Black Actress winner – Halle Berry – receiving “Monser’s Ball” in 2001.
“This is one of my Biggest heartbeat, “She told Variety last year.” After dawn, I thought, ‘Wow, I was chosen to open a door. “And then, no one has … I question,’ Does he Was it an important moment, or was it just an important moment? ‘