RUTH NEGGA has been nominated for the Best Actress Oscar Award just weeks after landing the prestigious Rising Star BAFTA nod.
The 35-year-old actress landed the Oscar nod, announced this afternoon (Jan 24), for her role in Loving, which tells the true story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple whose marriage was at the centre of a landmark US civil rights case.
Last year, Ruth, born to an Irish mother and Ethiopian father, spoke to The Guardian about her “scattered childhood”.
“I was Irish in London, because I had my secondary school education there. I never really fitted anywhere. I didn’t feel it was a negative thing and I was never made to feel different – I just knew I was.
“History is written by the winners. My job as an artist is to speak up for those who might be perceived as the losers. Or those who can’t shout.”
Ruth will go up against Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Emma Stone (La La Land), Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) at the Oscars, which take place on February 26.
She is one of five contenders for the EE Rising Star Awards at the Baftas, which take place on February 12.
The rising star category is decided by a public vote. Voting is now open at ee.co.uk/bafta
Last year’s winner was the Star Wars actor John Boyega.