Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ruth Negga continues her successful award season run with yet another honour

Ruth Negga accepts the Virtuosos Award during the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)
Ruth Negga accepts the Virtuosos Award during the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)
Ruth Negga accepts the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG during the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)
Actors Stephen Henderson, Mahershala Ali, Dev Patel, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Janelle Monae, Simon Helberg, Ruth Negga and Naomie Harris pose onstage at the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG during the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)
Ruth Negga speaks onstage at the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG during the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Sasha Brady

Ruth Negga continues to be a major player this awards season as she bags yet another honour.

The 35-year-old actress has garnered plenty of awards for her performance in the interracial marriage drama Loving, including an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and Rising Star award at the BAFTAs and Palm Springs International Film Festival.

On Saturday, the Irish star was honoured with the Vitruoso Award at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, alongside Aaron Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures and Moonlight), Dev Patel (Lion), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences).

The Virtuoso Awards was set up to recognise a select group of "up-and-coming" actors who have distinguished themselves with breakthrough performances this year.

Ruth Negga accepts the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG during the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)
Ruth Negga accepts the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG during the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Negga said she hoped her film raised global awareness of the Supreme Court and its justices. She said the real-life story of Richard and Mildred Loving wasn't just a black-and-white issue or an American issue.

The Oscar nominee expressed gratitude that she had been trusted to portray one of the "unknown heroes" of America and said that she learned so much from the role.

Actors Stephen Henderson, Mahershala Ali, Dev Patel, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Janelle Monae, Simon Helberg, Ruth Negga and Naomie Harris pose onstage at the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG during the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)
Actors Stephen Henderson, Mahershala Ali, Dev Patel, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Janelle Monae, Simon Helberg, Ruth Negga and Naomie Harris pose onstage at the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG during the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Loving tells the story of a couple from opposite sides of the racial divide in 1950s America who defied The Racial Integrity Act, which criminalised interracial marriages in the state of Virginia.

Their unwavering devotion to each other led to a landmark 1967 legal ruling by the US Supreme Court that finally overturned decades of prejudice.

Ruth Negga speaks onstage at the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG during the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)
Ruth Negga speaks onstage at the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG during the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)

"It's the world's story because Supreme Court decisions often have global implications," Negga told the audience as she accepted her accolade, adding that "art bears witness to stories that may have remained untold."

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