The star of “Harriet” was the sole black actor nominated for an Oscar this year. Now one step away from an EGOT, she’s also up for best song and plans to perform it at the ceremony if asked.
Now, the actress, singer and songwriter could join the club: on Monday she was nominated for two Academy Awards, for best actress and best song, for the biopic “Harriet.” Those are the first Oscar nominations for the 33-year-old star, who has become known for her powerful soprano and swift Hollywood breakthrough.If she does take home an Oscar, she will be the youngest person ever to become an EGOT winner and in the least time: it will have taken less than five years.
Reached by phone after flying 12 hours to Japan, where she was scheduled to give concerts, Erivo described the news as crazy, mad. “The whole thing is loopy,” she said. But she was also mindful that she was the sole black star nominated for an acting Oscar this year.