Ethiopian – Irish actress Ruth Negga has been nominated for best actress at the 89th Academy Awards. Ms Negga was honoured for playing Mildred Loving, the African-American woman whose case helped end Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws, in Jeff Nichols’s powerful, subtle Loving.
Negga’s moving role as Mildred Loving, one-half of the couple that helped to legalize interracial marriage in America, earned Loving its only Oscar nomination on Tuesday.
The nomination is the latest win for Negga, who broke out on TV, before stealing our hearts in Loving and catching our eye with her impeccable awards-circuit style. She is joined in the category by Meryl Streep for her role Florence Foster Jenkins, French star Isabelle Huppert for Elle, Natalie Portman for Jackie and Emma Stone for La La Land.
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According to her Wikipedia page Ruth Negga was born in 1982 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to an Irish mother, Norra, and an Ethiopian father, Dr. Negga, and lived in the country until she was four. She is an only child, but has a large family on her mother’s side. Her father died in a car accident when she was seven. Raised in Limerick, Ireland, she has lived in London since 2006.
Negga studied at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with a BA in Acting Studies.
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