Mehwish Hayat criticises Oscar nominations over lack of diversity

Carla Harmon
January 16, 2020

Cynthia spoke to Variety at the red carpet of the premiere of the HBO show, "The Outsider", in which she stars.

While this has generated some online buzz, fans have revived the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, a movement created in 2015 by April Reign to highlight how white Oscar nominations and awards remain.

Cynthia Erivo attends the 25th annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

The 33-year-old actress was announced as a nominee in the best actress category today (13 January) thanks to her heartwrenching performance as Harriet Tubman, the civil rights activist who freed herself and many others from slavery in the 1800s.

Though that's a pretty big deal on it's own, Erivo also has the potential to be the youngest ever EGOT victor.

Erivo was the only Black star nominated for an acting Oscar this year, and she's making sure to keep that a part of the conversation. But in the meantime, we can genuinely say, congratulations to Cynthia Erivo.

Cynthia also spoke to Extra TV at "The Outsider" premier and said that if she performs at the awards, it would feel like she was being thrown in as a party trick.

Vying for second place with 10 nominations apiece are three films: Martin Scorsese's elegiac crime epic "The Irishman", Quentin Tarantino's 1960s Los Angeles fairy tale "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" and Sam Mendes' World War I tale "1917".

"I work hard and every single person of color who is working in these films this year has worked really hard, and there are many of them who deserve to be celebrated. and no women directors, I was just like.'C'mon.'"

Todd Phillips' much-debated supervillain origin story and R-rated box-office smash "Joker" topped all films with 11 Academy Awards nominations.

Cynthia is up against strong competition from Scarlett Johansson, Renee Zellweger, Saoirse Ronan and Charlize Theron in the best actress category.

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