Natasha Negovanlis: “(…) It has been an honor and a privilege to provide more positive onscreen representation for the queer community, for my community.”
Natasha Negovanlis won the Fans’ Choice Canadian Screen Award last night for Carmilla, and her beautiful, heartfelt speech brought me to tears. A lot of speeches did last night, and I am so happy and proud that the Canadian Academy honored and celebrated diversity. From Natasha and fierce ally Tatiana Maslany, to Kim’s Convenience’sPaul Sun-Hyung Lee, Race’s Stephan James, and Tantoo Cardinal receiving the Earle Grey Award, it, to paraphrase the Prime Minister, really looked like Canada!
Huge congratulations to Ruth Negga who has been nominated for her first Oscar for her stellar performance as Mildred Loving in ‘Loving.’ Undoubtedly, the first of many to come. Well done!
Fellow nominees in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role category are: Isabelle Huppert, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep. Winners will be announced at the Oscars gala on 26 February.
Ms. Negga’s official statement on her nomination:
“I am truly humbled by the news this morning, and I thank the Academy for this recognition, which I share with my co-collaborators Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton. It has been such an honour to have been given the opportunity to tell the incredible story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who serve as an inspiration that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. The Lovings fought quietly yet tirelessly, and changed the course of American legal history. Today, to be among such extraordinary women - my fellow nominees, my peers with films this year, and the legendary performers whose work of years past has long inspired me…this means a great deal to me.”
Photos: Ruth Negga with her 'Loving’ co-star Joel Edgerton and the film’s writer/ director Jeff Nichols at the film's world premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival