Sunday, July 21, 2024

Oscar Nominations: Double Nods for Scarlett Johansson in Acting, Cynthia Erivo for Acting, Songwriting in “Harriet”


Female director still can’t penetrate the Oscars. Greta Gerwig was denied for a second time this morning with her “Little Women.” And she wasn’t alone.

But women had an impact in a different way. Scarlett Johansson got two acting nominations. She was named for lead in “Marriage Story” and supporting in “Jojo Rabbit.” That’s quite an accomplishment.

The other double was Cynthia Erivo, the lone African American nominee for “Harriet” as lead actress. Erivo also received a Best Song nomination for “Harriet” for her song, “Stand Up.” Not a surprise that music was involved in Erivo’s world. She won the Tony Award for the musical “The Color Purple.” She’s currently filming an 8 part mini series playing Aretha Franklin.

Erivo has arrived!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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