The List: Mary J. Blige's historic two Oscar nominations

What's the 411 on Mary being the first same-year Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song nominee?
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What's the 411 on Mary being the first same-year Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song nominee?

Today the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were released, and while there's quite a few stories to be told, perhaps the most historic is Mary J. Blige's two nominations. 

Never before in nearly an entire century of the Oscars has someone been nominated for both Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song. Ever. When your Mom inevitably asks about it, you can confirm "No, Mother, not even Barbara Streisand." 

Blige's nominations come from the Netflix original film Mudbound, in which the singer plays Florence, the housekeeping wife of a tenant farmer. The film's post-WWII tale of  race relations in Mississippi detail the experience of an often overlooked chapter of rural American history. Blige's acting and contribution of the original song "Mighty River" account for two of the film's four nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography

Blige has already taken home some some significant honors for the role. In addition to a Golden Globe nomination, Blige's performance in Mudbound has won her the Breakout Actress Award at the Hollywood Film Awards, Breakthrough Performance at the Indiewire Honors, and the Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. What we find particular impressive is that she's receiving all these accolades for a dramatic role after spending the better part of the past two decades declaring she wants "No More Drama."

The 90th Annual Academy Awards will air Sunday, March 4. 

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