Cynthia Ervio is Nominated For Two Awards, Bringing Her 1 Step Closer To EGOT Status
In a year when the Oscar nominations lack diversity, Cynthia Erivo landed two Oscar nominations for Best Original Song and Best Actress for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet. She also co-wrote and performs the film’s closing song, “Stand Up.” This brings her one step closer to making history to EGOT status. EGOT, is designated for people who have won all four awards, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. Respectively, these awards honor outstanding achievements in television, recording, film, and theater. The British actress could become the youngest EGOT winner.
The actress has previously won a daytime Emmy, a GRAMMY, and a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple. Harriet is Ervio’s first leading film role for the 32 year old actress. Since the film’s release Cynthia Ervio has collected numerous awards including two Golden Globe nominations, two Critics’ Choice Award nominations, as well as the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts snubbed acting nominees of color entirely, the ceremony still asked Ervio to perform but declined.
In the film Cynthia Erivo portrays the American hero Harriet Tubman, who escaped from slavery to become a abolitionist, political activist and conductor of the Underground Railroad. The Underground Rail Road served as a network of antislavery activists and safe houses she used to conduct several missions to rescue enslaved people and families. During the American Civil War, she served as an armed scout and spy for the Union Army. In her later years, Tubman was an activist in the struggle for women’s suffrage until her death in 1913.
The 92nd annual Academy Awards will be handed out live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, Feb. 9 starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC.