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Mary J. Blige, Denzel Washington + Octavia Spencer nominated for Academy Awards

The nominations for the “90th Academy Awards” were announced by actors Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis this week and we are so excited for Mary J. Blige, Jordan Peele, Octavia Spencer, Daniel Kaluuya and Denzel Washington.

Blige and Spencer will go toe-to-toe in the category for “Best Supporting Actress” for their roles in “Mudbound” and “The Shape of Water.” Blige’s “Mighty River” is also nominated for “Best Original Song,” along with co-writers Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson. 

Washington and Kaluuya will compete for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for their work in “Get Out” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” while Peele is up for three awards including “Best Director,” “Best Picture,” and “Best Original Screenplay.” Mudbound‘s Dee Rees is also up for an award in the category for “Best Adapted Screenplay” along with Virgil Williams.

Oscar winning rapper Common is also up for an award along with Diane Warren for “Best Original Song,” for their inspirational tune “Stand Up for Something” which appeared in the film “Marshall.”

Click here to see the rest of the nominees and don’t forget to watch the Oscars live on Sunday, March 4 at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC. This year’s show is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.