British actress Andrea Riseborough has been nominated for her first Oscar after an all-star campaign supporting the nomination.
The 41-year-old actress Made In Dagenham was recognized for her starring role in the true-life independent drama To Leslie, in which Riseborough plays a single mother who turns to alcoholism after winning the lottery before changing her life when a motel owner offers her a job .
The film did not receive any Golden Globe nominations or Critics’ Choice awards, but has since garnered the endorsement of some of Hollywood’s most famous names.
Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett, who was nominated for her lead role in Tar, used the opening minute of her Critics Choice speech to highlight Riseborough’s performance, describing it as being overlooked in acting awards alongside Hollywood stars Kate Winslet and Amy Adams who also publicly endorsed the actress .
On Instagram, actress Gwyneth Paltrow described the directorial debut of Better Call Saul producer Michael Morris as a “masterpiece”, adding: “Directed by our friend @filmbymichaelmorris and starring the unparalleled @andreariseborough. I am stunned by all the performances. Andrea should win every prize there is and all those yet to be invented.”
Other Hollywood stars including Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel, Joe Mantegna, Minnie Driver and Helen Hunt also publicly praised Riseborough’s performance, apparently seeking an Oscar nomination.
Riseborough is best known for her work in the Oscar-winning film Birdman, as Wallis Simpson in WE, and as the former Prime Minister in Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk To Finchley. She also starred in Battle of the Sexes, about a 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, playing King’s mistress, Marilyn Barnett.
In 2017, the Black Mirror star was among those who said during the #MeToo movement that as an actress she faced sexual misconduct almost weekly.
She was also the first British actress to formally support the #4PercentChallenge, encouraging members of the film industry to partner with female directors following its launch by Creed actress Tessa Thompson at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019.
The challenge was related to the statistics, according to which only 4% of the 1,200 highest-grossing films of the last decade were directed by women.
Ana de Armas (Blonde), Michelle Williams (for her role in Fabelmans) and Michelle Yeoh (Everywhere, All at Once) are also competing for the role of the actress playing the main role at the Oscars ceremony.