Lupita Nyong’o, has received a Tony Awards 2016 Nomination for Best Performance by an actress in a leading role for her broadway play, Eclipsed.
The 33 year-old’s performance in 12 Years A Slave sealed her fate as an amazing actress though there was ongoing debate by critics if Lupita had a firm grasp on her career as an actress.
This Tony nomination will definitely shut them up.
Eclipsed, tells the story of five women who, during the Liberian civil war in 2003, trapped by a rebel commander. Eclipsed has also been nominated for six Tony Awards.
Eclipsed is a play was written by The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira who will be playing Afeni Shakur in Tupac’s biopic.
Lupita Nyong’o wrote an essay on Lena Dunham’s Lenny’s Letters, explaining why she choose her role in Eclipsed on Broadway, rather than the big screen of Hollywood.
During my last round of press for the play, a journalist asked me, “Why would such a big star choose to do such a small play?”
Why would such a big star choose to do such a small play? This question felt quite silly. I mean, I’m an actress; why wouldn’t I want to be in an incredible, gorgeous, meaty piece about the complicated choices of women during wartime? But then it went deeper than that. To me it felt like a question about our value system in this culture, the ways we define success for ourselves as well as others.
Perhaps the reporter was placing a larger value on “Hollywood” roles? I turned down a few projects to pursue this one. I knew there was a sense of what was expected of me, but this play felt so important to me that I had to do it, expectations be damned.
I think as women, as women of color, as black women, too often we hear about what we ‘need to do’. How we need to behave, what we need to wear, what’s deemed as too much or not enough, the cultural politics of what society considers appropriate for us and for our lives.
We are confined to being a simple and symbolic peripheral character — one who doesn’t have her own journey or emotional landscape.
Leading nominee for the Tony Awards 2016 is Hamilton which set a record with 16 total nominations including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, and then some.
The awards themselves will be handed out on June 12 at a ceremony hosted by The Late Late Show’s James Corden.
Corden also won a Tony in 2012, for One Man, Two Guvnors.
Source, entertainmentweeekly, lennyletter