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Ireland's Ruth Negga tipped for Best Actress Oscar

Sasha Brady

Published 12/09/2016 | 11:46

Actor Ruth Negga attends the Cartier Fifth Avenue Grand Reopening Event at the Cartier Mansion on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Cartier)
Actor Ruth Negga attends the Cartier Fifth Avenue Grand Reopening Event at the Cartier Mansion on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Cartier)
Ruth Negga (L) and Rooney Mara attend the Cartier Fifth Avenue Grand Reopening Event at the Cartier Mansion on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Cartier)
Heart and depth: Ruth Negga as Rosie in Love/Hate with co-star Darren Sheehan
Director Jeff Nichols (L) poses with cast members Joel Edgerton (R) and Ruth Negga as they arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Paterson" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Irish actress Ruth Negga has been tipped for Best Actress Oscar favourite for her performance in Loving.

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The Limerick actress' star is on the ascent as The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg listed Negga among the favourites for the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Loving.

Director Jeff Nichols (L) poses with cast members Joel Edgerton (R) and Ruth Negga as they arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film
Director Jeff Nichols (L) poses with cast members Joel Edgerton (R) and Ruth Negga as they arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Paterson" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

The Academy Awards don't take place until March but the film has already cemented itself as a strong Oscar contender and Negga's performance has garnered well-deserved praise.

It's based on the landmark civil rights case Loving v. Virginia, which was brought by Mildred Loving (Negga), a black woman, and Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton), a white man, who had been sentenced to a year in prison in Virginia for their illegal interracial marriage.

Directed by Jeff Nichols, Loving was inspired by Nancy Buirski’s 2011 HBO documentary The Loving Story which consisted of footage of the couple and contemporary interviews with Peggy Loving, their daughter.

"I'd seen the documentary, and I was so struck by this couple," said Negga.

Ruth Negga (L) and Rooney Mara attend the Cartier Fifth Avenue Grand Reopening Event at the Cartier Mansion on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Cartier)
Ruth Negga (L) and Rooney Mara attend the Cartier Fifth Avenue Grand Reopening Event at the Cartier Mansion on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Cartier)

"Individually but also their love for each other just seemed such a beautiful, delicate, rare thing. I felt such outrage on their behalf, like many others, that the simple act of wanting to be married to another human being that would incur the wrath of the law and also make people really angry. So angry, violently angry. I was just so shocked by that."

The 33-year-old Ethiopian-Irish actress has seen her career go from strength to strength and is making her mark on Hollywood with her role as Tulip O'Hare in AMC's Preacher.

Heart and depth: Ruth Negga as Rosie in Love/Hate with co-star Darren Sheehan
Heart and depth: Ruth Negga as Rosie in Love/Hate with co-star Darren Sheehan

Negga, who previously starred season one of RTE gangland drama Love/Hate, has also featured in 12 Years A Slave, World War Z, the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side and a recurring role on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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