This Sunday’s Academy Awards were filled with many memorable performances. Chrissy Metz from This is Us performed One and iconic Eminem sang Lose yourself. But, Cynthia Erivo’s Stand Up from the movie Harriet made history in this ninety-second academy Awards. The electric performance stole the show. Judging by everyone’s response at the Dolby theater and everyone watching at home on Twitter.
About the performance
The shining star took the stage in a ravishing gold dress, surrounded by background gospel singers in the audience. Together they performed a mesmerizing song that earned a standing ovation by all.
Cynthia becomes the third singer to secure a nomination for a song and acting in the same movie. She comes after Lady Gaga for singing and acting in A Star Is Born in 2019. Followed by Mary J. Blige. Mary who procured a nomination for the song and performance in Mudbound in 2018.
Cynthia Erivo can no doubt sing and act. After all, she’s one award away from EGOT. Her singing performance at the 92nd Academy Awards becomes unforgettable by everyone. This is especially touching because Erivo is the only actress of color to acquire a nomination at the Oscars this year.
About the song
I thought that a collaboration between the two of us would make for something really special.
Previously, Cynthia has praised another legendary actor, Joaquin Phoenix. The actor during the BAFTA awards this year said that the hard work and perseverance of people of color do not get recognized by these awards. He highlighted that there is a lack of diversity in the award-giving ceremonies. Cynthia reacted by saying that it means a lot when someone else uses their platform to talk about inequality. Cynthia Erivo says being the only black actor Oscar nominee is “Bittersweet”.
Between her advocacy, this year’s Oscar performance and her upcoming role-playing Aretha Franklin in Genius, it might just be the time that the Academy starts paying attention!