Sunday 28 May 2017

Champagne is popping in Limerick as Ruth Negga's family celebrate her Oscar nomination

Ruth Negga
Ruth Negga
Actress Ruth Negga attends the "Loving" photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga poses on May 16, 2016 during a photocall for the film "Loving" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival
Ruth Negga could bag a second Rising Star Award in a matter of weeks after her Bafta nomination. Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images
Her year: Ruth Negga. Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty
Ruth Negga
Actress Ruth Negga arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards
Actress Ruth Negga attends Variety's Creative Impact Awards and 10 Directors to Watch Brunch presented by Mercedes-Benz at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival at the Parker Palm Springs on January 3, 2017 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
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Ruth Negga pictured promoting a play in Limerick in 2002
Ruth Negga
Actress Ruth Negga attends the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2017 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
Ruth Negga on the set of "Breakfast on Pluto", Kilkenny in 2004
Support act: Ruth Negga with her boyfriend of six years, actor Dominic Cooper
Actress Ruth Negga attends The BAFTA Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
Actress Ruth Negga attends the Indie Contenders Reception hosted in the Audi Sky Lounge at AFI Fest 2016, presented by Audi at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 13, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Audi)
Actress Ruth Negga attends People's "Ones to Watch" event presented by Maybelline New York at E.P. & L.P. on October 13, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for People)
Ruth Negga in 2006
Stars: Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as Richard and Mildred Loving
Actors Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga attend the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2017 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images )

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A "truly humbled" Ruth Negga was the toast of Tinseltown last night after landing an Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category for her starring role in Loving.

The 35-year-old leads the trio of Irish nominations in this year's awards and the green flag will be flying high at the event in Hollywood next month.

Limerick-born Ruth was over the moon after receiving her first Academy Award nod for playing the determined Mildred Loving in the story about an inter-racial marriage in Virginia during the 1960s.

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Ruth Negga
Ruth Negga

"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," Ruth said in a statement last night.

"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.

Ruth Negga pictured promoting a play in Limerick in 2002
Ruth Negga pictured promoting a play in Limerick in 2002

"This means a really great deal to me."

However, there were some raised eyebrows after it emerged that the official Oscars website had named Amy Adams in the listing of Best Actress instead of Ruth.

In a second mistake, the website mentioned Tom Hanks as Best Actor, when he too didn't appear on the original list. ABC Digital has reportedly taken responsibility for the mistake, apologising for any confusion caused.

In more Oscar-nomination success, designer Consolata Boyle was nominated for her work on the stunning costumes in Florence Foster Jenkins.

Stars: Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as Richard and Mildred Loving
Stars: Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as Richard and Mildred Loving

Meanwhile, The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell, was included in the Best Screenplay category.

This is the second year that a movie by Element Pictures featured in the Oscars, following on from Room last year.

Ruth will be up against some stiff competition on the night.

Among those in the same category are Hollywood heavyweight and Florence Foster Jenkins star Meryl Streep, making it her 20th Oscar nomination.

Support act: Ruth Negga with her boyfriend of six years, actor Dominic Cooper
Support act: Ruth Negga with her boyfriend of six years, actor Dominic Cooper

Ruth is also up against Emma Stone in La La Land, Natalie Portman in Jackie and Isabelle Huppert in Elle.

Her nomination has been lauded by those who have been campaigning for more racial div- ersity in the awards, given that she's one of six black actors who will be fighting it out for a gong.

Speaking from Limerick last night, Ruth's uncle, Ger Malone, said they were "all delighted for her".

"There's pride in all the family here in Dooradoyle, and we'll probably have a glass of something to celebrate. We're all absolutely so proud of her," he said.

Mr Malone said all the family in Limerick will be watching with "total anticipation" on Oscars night.

"The majority of her family are in Limerick - aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her mum is in the UK and she visits Limerick frequently," said Mr Malone.

"Her dad passed away a long time ago. Ruth loves holidaying in Kerry - she loves to go to Castlegregory for holidays and breaks.

''She enjoys west Kerry, and she loves coming home to Limerick to see her family."

Also hoping to take home a statuette next month will be Dublin-native Boyle, who's a second-time Oscar nominee.

A UCD graduate of archaeology and history who went on to train as an actress, she was previously nominated for her work on huge 2007 hit The Queen.

Her latest work on Florence Foster Jenkins saw her having to dress Streep's character.

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