The nine-time Grammy winner was nominated for two Academy Awards on Tuesday: Supporting actress and original song for “Mudbound.”
Blige said she spent the morning “yelling and screaming and about to cry.” The 47-year-old called the nominations beautiful.
“This is a new one, the actress nominee, and this is beautiful. This is really special,” she said. “So is the song because it’s something that I love to do. I love to sing. And that’s something I’ve been doing for a very long time that’s special to me, and the
Oscars have recognized it. So it’s all special.”
Directed and co-written by Dee Rees, who was nominated Tuesday for adapted screenplay, “Mudbound” is a story about two families set in the Jim Crow South. Blige plays Florence Jackson, a sharecropper’s wife who becomes an unlikely friend and ally to the landowner’s wife, played by Carey Mulliga