Musician Mary J. Blige earned her first-ever Oscar nominations on Tuesday for supporting actress and original song for Dee Rees’ World War II drama “Mudbound.”
The nine-time Grammy Award winner reflected on her latest achievements in a morning chat with the Los Angeles Times.
Two-time Oscar nominee. You now get to add that to your resumé.
This feels awesome. It feels so good. I can’t tell you… I feel so overjoyed. I can’t stop crying all these happy tears. Just so grateful and thankful. God is the absolute greatest.
A composite of the best motion picture nominees. from top left, “The Shape of Water,” “Dunkirk,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “Get Out,” “Victoria & Abul,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour” and “Phantom Thread."(Kerry Hayes / Fox / Melissa Sue Gordon / WB / Merie Wallace / A24 / Universal / Peter Mountain / Focus / Sony / Stephen Vaughan / Wilson Webb / TriStar / Jack English / Laurie )
WINNER: Best picture; Directing; production design; original score | NOMINATED: Richard Jenkins -- performance by an actor in a supporting role; Sally Hawkins -- performance by an actress in a leading role; Octavia Spencer -- performance by an actress in a supporting role; cinematography; costume design; film editing; sound editing; sound mixing; and original screenplay.(Kerry Hayes / Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP)
WINNER: Frances McDormand -- performance by an actress in a leading role; Sam Rockwell -- performance by an actor in a supporting role | NOMINATED: Woody Harrelson -- performance by an actor in a supporting role; ; film editing; original score; best picture; and original screenplay.(Merrick Morton / Fox Searchlight via AP)
WINNER: Gary Oldman -- performance by an actor in a leading role; makeup and hairstyling | NOMINATED: Cinematography; costume design; best picture; and production design.(Jack English / Focus Features via AP)
WINNER: Original screenplay | NOMINATED: Daniel Kaluuya -- performance by an actor in a leading role; directing; best picture.(Universal Pictures via AP)
WINNER: Adapted screenplay | NOMINATED: Timothee Chalamet -- performance by an actor in a leading role; original song (“Mystery Of Love”); best picture.(Sony Pictures Classics via AP)
WINNER: Best animated feature film; Original song -- “Remember Me.”(Disney-Pixar via AP)
WINNER: Allison Janney -- performance by an actress in a supporting role | NOMINATED: Margot Robbie -- performance by an actress in a leading role; and film editing.(Neon via AP)
WINNER: Visual effects | NOMINATED: cinematography, production design, sound editing, sound mixing.( Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros. Pictures)
WINNER: Sound editing; sound mixing; film editing | NOMINATED: Cinematography; directing; original score; best picture; production design.(Melissa Sue Gordon / Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
WINNER: Costume design | NOMINATED: Daniel Day-Lewis -- performance by an actor in a leading role; Lesley Manville -- performance by an actress in a supporting role; directing; original score; and best picture.(Laurie Sparham / Focus Features via AP)
Judi Dench, left, stars as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal stars as Abdul Karim in the film "Victoria & Abdul.” The film received two Oscar nominations in costume design and makeup/hairstyling.(Peter Mountain / Focus Features)
Tom Hanks portrays Ben Bradlee, left, and Meryl Streep portrays Katharine Graham in a scene from “The Post.” The film received two Oscar nominations: best picture, and Meryl Streep for best actress.(Niko Tavernise / 20th Century Fox via AP)
Ansel Elgort, right, and Jamie Foxx in a scene from “Baby Driver.” The film got three Oscar nominations, for film and sound editing, and sound mixing.(Wilson Webb / Sony / TriStar Pictures via AP)
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The film got four Oscar nominations: original score, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.(John Wilson / Lucasfilm via AP)
A scene from “Mudbound.” The film received four Oscar nominations.
Mary J. Blige -- performance by an actress in a supporting role; cinematography; original song (“Mighty River”) and adapted screenplay.(Steve Dietl / Netflix via AP)
Dan Stevens as the Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast.” The film received two Oscar nominations: in costume and production design.
(Disney via AP)
Saoirse Ronan, left, and Laurie Metcalf in a scene from “Lady Bird.” The film got five Oscar nominations. Saoirse Ronan -- performance by an actress in a leading role; Laurie Metcalf -- performance by an actress in a supporting role; directing; best picture; and original screenplay.(Merie Wallace / A24 via AP)
How has it been being on this awards-season run with recognition after recognition for your acting and music?
It feels really good to be recognized with all these nominations because it shows that someone recognizes my hard work and the dedication and the time and how serious I’m taking this craft. That means a lot because I never wanted to take this lightly. I never wanted to just get a role because it’s easy for celebrities to get a role because they’re celebrities. I didn’t want people to look at me like I didn’t take it seriously — because you have the Queen Latifahs and the Taraji [P. Henson]s and the Angela Bassetts and the Viola Davises who worked really hard to pave the way for us. I really want them to be proud of me as well.
It just feels really good to run into Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes and have her say, “Oh, my God. That work you did.” I’m like, “What?!”
Were you sleeping when the nominations came out?
In my bed, yes. I’m sleeping at that time. Then my phone rings and it’s my publicist, and anytime I see her name, I know something has happened. (Laughs) I answered the phone and I’m screaming and she’s screaming. It was a scream fest.
Black Twitter is so elated about your nominations. I saw someone tweet that they’re “calling in black” at work today and are going to play your music all day.
Oh, wow. (Laughs) I love my fans.
Your fans are dedicated.
My fans… I love them and appreciate them. I don’t even think they know how deep the appreciation goes, because in my hardest times, they’ve been there. When it’s seemed like so many people had turned their back on me, my real, true fans have been there. I’m so grateful for them, seriously.