Ruth Negga To Be Honored At The Oscar Wilde Awards
By Andre Johnson II, Eastern Daily
February 10, 2017

Ruth Negga

Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga will learn tomorrow if she has won an Academy Award for her nuanced performance in 'Loving.'

First, Ruth Negga was nominated for a best actress Oscar. Now, the Loving star is getting an Oscar Wilde Award.

Negga will be honored Feb. 23 at the 12th annual Oscar Wilde Awards, the casual shindig that takes place three days before the Academy Awards at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica.

The actress will be honored for her role in the film Loving, a historical drama about interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving who were involved in the landmark case Loving v. Virginia. The actress has also been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her role as Mildred Loving as well.

Loving was released on Nov. 4, 2016. The film stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving who in 1967 got married in Virginia and, in doing so, violated anti-miscegenation laws in the United States that prohibited people classified as "white" marrying people classified as "colored." The case was decided on June 12 in favor of the Loving couple and set a precedent for future marriage regulations in the United States.

The Oscar Wilde Awards were created by the US-Ireland Alliance to recognize the contributions by Irish people in film, television and music.

The US-Ireland Alliance founder Trina Vargo spoke about honoring Negga. "We're thrilled to honor Ruth. I watched the film several times at our various screenings and found new subtleties with each viewing. The brilliance of Ruth’s performance lies in the nuances. It’s a role that requires the conveyance of emotion as much through a look as through dialogue.”

Ruth Negga was born on Jan. 7, 1982, to an Irish mother and an Ethiopian father. She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and moved to Limerick, Ireland when she was four, where she was raised. The Ethiopian-Irish actress made her acting debut in 2004 where she starred in the film Capital Letters, playing the leading role. From there, she has been in films such as World War Z, 12 Years A Slave, and most recently Warcraft. She has also experienced a fulfilling role in television with appearances in Marvel Agents of Shield and in the new AMC series Preacher.


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