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Cynthia Erivo Earns Golden Globe Nomination for 'Harriet'

Check out the full list of 2020 nominees (and the snubs).

Award-winning actress, Cynthia Erivo has earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman in Harriet. She's earned a nomination for Best Original Song for 'Stand Up."

She's nominated in the "Best Performance by an Actress In a Motion Picture—Drama" alongside Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Renée Zellwegger and Saoirse Ronan.


Harriet has been a commercial success, but Erivo's casting initially drew criticism as some felt the Nigerian-Brit shouldn't have been cast in the role African-American hero. The film's writer and director, Kasi Lemmons, recently addressed the backlash, in a roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter. ""I felt that we were bearing the culture of the Harriet Tubman story beautifully," she said. "About Cynthia, you just don't get any better," she continued. "She was prepared in every way you could possibly be prepared to play this role. She was prepared physically, emotionally, spiritually to play Harriet Tubman. And she was wonderful."

Erivo was also recently nominated for a Critics Choice Award for her performance.

As for the other categories, it seems despite strong contenders from the continent including Blitz the Ambassador's The Burial of Kojo, no African films were nominated in the Best Foreign Feature category. Lupita Nyong'o who has garnered immense awards buzz for her performance in Us—even winning Best Lead Actress at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards—is another notable exclusion.

If you're interested, check out the full list of 2020 Golden Globe nominations below.


FILM

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

  • 1917
  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • The Two Popes

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

  • Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
  • Charlize Theron, Bombshell
  • Renee Zellweger, Judy

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

  • Christian Bale, Ford v. Ferrari
  • Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
  • Adam Driver, Marriage Story
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • Dolemite Is My Name
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Knives Out
  • Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
  • Rocketman

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • Ana de Armas, Knives Out
  • Awkwafina, The Farewell
  • Cate Blanchett, Where'd You Go Bernadette
  • Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
  • Emma Thompson, Late Night

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • Daniel Craig, Knives Out
  • Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
  • Taron Egerton, Rocketman
  • Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
  • Annette Bening, The Report
  • Laura Dern, Marriage Story
  • Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
  • Margot Robbie, Bombshell

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino, The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci, The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite
  • Sam Mendes, 1917
  • Todd Phillips, Joker
  • Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
  • Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • Beautiful Ghost, Cats
  • I'm Gonna Love Me Again, Rocketman
  • Into the Unknown, Frozen 2
  • Spirit, The Lion King
  • Stand Up, Harriet

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Little Women
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Motherless Brooklyn

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • The Farewell
  • Les Miserables
  • Pain and Glory
  • Parasite
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

BEST SCREENPLAY

  • Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
  • Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin Won, Parasite
  • Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
  • Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
  • Steve Zaillian, The Irishman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • Frozen 2
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • The Lion King
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4

TV

BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA

  • Big Little Lies
  • The Crown
  • Killing Eve
  • The Morning Show
  • Succession

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA

  • Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
  • Olivia Colman, The Crown
  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
  • Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
  • Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA

  • Brian Cox, Succession
  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
  • Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
  • Tobias Menzies, The Crown
  • Billy Porter, Pose

BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY

  • Barry
  • Fleabag
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • The Politician

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, COMEDY

  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
  • Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, COMEDY

  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Ben Platt, The Politician
  • Paul Rudd, Living with Yourself
  • Ramy Youssef, Ramy

BEST TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE

  • Catch-22
  • Chernobyl
  • Fosse/Verdon
  • The Loudest Voice
  • Unbelievable

BEST ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

  • Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
  • Joey King, The Act
  • Helen Miren, Catherine
  • Merrit Wever, Unbelievable
  • Michelle Wiliams, Fosse/Verdon

BEST ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

  • Christopher Abbott, Catch-22
  • Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy
  • Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
  • Jared Harris, Chernobyl
  • Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verson

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

  • Patricia Arquette, The Act
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
  • Toni Collette, Unbelievable
  • Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
  • Emily Watson, Chernobyl

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
  • Keiran Culkin, Succession
  • Andrew Scott, Fleabag
  • Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
  • Henry Winkler, Barry


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Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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Chinonye Chukwu Will Direct the First Two Episodes of HBO Max's Upcoming 'Americanah' Series

Here's the latest news surrounding the highly-anticipated limited series, starring Lupita Nyong'o, Uzo Aduba and more.

Nigerian-American director Chinonye Chukwu is set to helm the first two episodes of the upcoming limited series Americanah, starring Lupita Nyong'o.

Chukwu is the award-winning filmmaker, behind the critically-acclaimed film Clemency, which won the 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, making her the first Black woman to win the award.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Watch Yilian Canizares & Paul Beaubrun's Beautiful Video For 'Noyé'

"Cuba and Haiti come together to share the love and heritage of our deep rooted culture and spirituality."

Yilian Canizares and Paul Beaubrun connect for the serene "Noyé," one of the highlights from Canizares' latest album, Erzulie.

The Cuban singer and Haitian artist are now sharing the new Arnaud Robert-directed music video for the single, which we're premiering here today.

"Noyé is a song that comes from our roots," Yilian Canizares tells OkayAfrica. "Inspired by the energy of love. The same love that kept Africa's legacy alive in the hearts of Haiti and Cuba. We wanted to do a stripped down version of only the essential pieces from a musical point of view. Something raw and beautiful where our souls would be naked."

The striking music video follows Canizares and Beaubrun to the waters of New Orleans, the universal Creole capital, where they sing and float until meeting on the Mississippi River.

"Noyé is a cry of love from children of African descent," says Paul Beaubrun. "Cuba and Haiti come together to share the love and heritage of our deep rooted culture and spirituality."

Watch the new music video for "Noyé" below.

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