Mary J Blige makes Oscar history

The queen of R&B Mary J Blige has made history in the Oscars with her role in Netflix’s Mudbound.

She wrote the theme tune, she sang the theme tune and now she has made Oscars history.

The 47-year-old has become the first person ever to be nominated for an acting performance and an original song in a single year.

The R&B icon already has nine Grammy awards. She stars as an impoverished farmer’s wife in Mudbound, earning her a best supporting actress nomination.

Her theme, Mighty River, is a rallying cry against racial division, and a front-runner for the best song award.

In previous years, Oscar-nominated actors have performed songs in the best original song category. Most recently Jennifer Hudson, for her Dreamgirls anthem Love You I Do. However, the award itself is given to the songwriters.

Blige, who co-wrote Mighty River with Raphael Saadiq, therefore becomes the first person to score a double nomination.

However, the duo face competition from the Oscar-winning composers of La La Land and Frozen.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who won best original song for City Of Stars last year are nominated again. Their nod is for This Is Me, from The Greatest Showman.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who wrote Frozen’s Let It Go, are nominated for Remember Me, from the Pixar’s Coco.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z helped Mary J. Blige celebrate her Oscar nominations on the night of 23 January at Tao LA.

Reportedly, Diddy hosted dinner to mark her double nom. Along with guests DJ Khaled, Nas, actor Jesse Williams and Pharrell Williams.

Celebrity outlet Page Six claims: “The group was in a festive mood, taking turns toasting Mary with Ace of Spades Champagne and Ciroc. Mary was also surprised with two cakes.”

TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: Netflix

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