Cynthia Erivo one step closer to EGOT with double Oscar nomination


Cynthia Erivo’s could soon become the youngest EGOT (Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar and Tony Award) winner in history after landing two nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards on Monday (January 13, 2020).

The actress, 33, was recognized in the Best Actress category for her acclaimed role as African-American anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman in Harriet, and also received a nod for Best Original Song for Stand Up – which she co-wrote and performed as the film’s closing song.

Erivo is now the third person to earn dual Oscar nominations for acting and song in the same year, following Mary J. Blige and Lady Gaga’s nods for Mudbound in 2018 and A Star Is Born the following year, respectively.

The star told Entertainment Tonight on Sunday to be recognized by the Academy would “mean the world”, joking that the idea of scoring an EGOT win at such a young age was “insane and weird and crazy”.

Elsewhere in the 2020 nominations, Scarlett Johansson also scooped two nods – Best Actress for her role as actress Nicole Barber in Marriage Story, and Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Rosie Betzler, an anti-Nazi mum in Hitler’s Germany who is hiding a Jewish girl in her attic, in Taika Waititi’s movie Jojo Rabbit.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.