Best Actress 2016: Ruth Negga for Loving

ruthnegga_lovingA photo of Ruth Negga in Jeff Nichols’ Loving (via The Hollywood Reporter)

The Facts

This Year
Negga has
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Mildred Loving, a black woman whose marriage to Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton), a white man, lands both in prison in 1958 Virginia


  • Cannes Film Festival – World Premiere; In Competition (May 2016)

U.S. Distributor: Focus Features
U.S. Release Date: Nov. 6, 2016 (limited)
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? Negga looks to have one hell of a breakthrough year, between this Cannes-bound interracial-marriage drama, AMC’s Preacher, and (even) Warcraft. If she’s the emotional center in Loving, expect her to compete for the win.

Why not? Maybe Loving disappoints? Even if it doesn’t, 2013 brought us two critically-acclaimed and one somewhat liked films about race relations, all looking like awards plays at one point or another; only one made it to the Oscars. With The Birth of a Nation and Moonlight also in the mix, will Loving make it to the end? And Focus showed us last year that they aren’t above laughable category fraud, so maybe they push Negga to supporting.


Ranking: No. 2 as of Apr. 16, 2016

More on the competition

See also (coming soon):

  • Best Picture 2016: Loving
  • Best Director 2016: Jeff Nichols for Loving
  • Best Actor 2016: Joel Edgerton for Loving
  • Best Supporting Actor 2016: Nick Kroll for Loving
  • Best Supporting Actor 2016: Michael Shannon for Loving
  • Best Original Screenplay 2016: Jeff Nichols for Loving