Ruth Negga Says She Is Humbled By Oscar Nomination

Limerick's Ruth Negga has said she is humbled by her first Oscar nomination.

The actress who rose to fame in Ireland as Rosie in the early seasons of RTÉ drama Love/Hate has been recognised among the cream of the crop for her role in the movie Loving.

In a statement following the good news, the actress said: “I am truly humbled by the news… 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. 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.”

She will compete against some of the biggest names in Hollywood in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category including Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Natalie Portman (Jackie), Emma Stone (La La Land) and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins).

Other Irish nominations include Best Original Screenplay for The Lobster starring Colin Farrell which was shot in Kerry and Dublin. Consolata Boyle has also received her second nomination for Best Costume Design on Florence Foster Jenkins which stars Meryl Streep.

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