Loving actress Ruth Negga has received a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama.

“I am profoundly grateful for this recognition… I can’t thank the HFPA enough for their support, this is such an honor. I am humbled to be in the company of all of these extraordinary, talented, and powerful women. It has been such a gift to share Mildred and Richard Loving’s important story with the world. I share this honor with my partner in the film, Joel Edgerton, our incredible director Jeff Nichols and everyone involved in bringing Loving to life.” – Ruth Negga

Loving premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and has already cemented itself as a strong Oscar contender.  Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, the film stars Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Black Mass).  Negga and Edgerton portray the real life interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving who were icons of the civil rights movement as their fight for equality led the Supreme Court to rule the ban on interracial marriage unconstitutional.

The interracial couple from Virginia were married in June 1958, when interracial relationships were illegal.  Authorities broke into their home, arrested them, and sentenced them to a year in the state penitentiary.  The sentence was then suspended under the condition that the couple leave the state of Virginia.  The couple then spent nearly a decade fighting a legal battle that ultimately resulted in the Supreme Court’s declaration that the ban of interracial marriage were unconstitutional (the landmark Loving v. Virginia decision of 1967).

The film was inspired by Nancy Buirski’s beautiful 2011 HBO documentary The Loving Story which consisted of footage of the couple and contemporary interviews with Peggy Loving, their daughter.

Due to Negga’s critically acclaimed performance, there is buzz for a Best Actress Academy nomination, and after receiving a Golden Globe nomination, speculations are not so far off.  Negga has been working as an actress in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 2004.  Her first major role was in the Neil Jordan film Breakfast on Pluto in 2005, and was then featured in Misfits, World War Z, 12 Years a Slave (uncredited), the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  She currently stars on the AMC series Preacher, and was recently seen in Universal Pictures’ Warcraft.

For the entire list of the 2017 Golden Globe nominees.  Please view below:

Best Drama Series
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
“Westworld” (HBO)

Best Comedy or Musical Series
“Atlanta” (FX)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)
“Transparent” (Amazon)
“Veep” (HBO)

Best TV Movie or Limited Series
“American Crime” (ABC)
“The Dresser” (Starz)
“The Night Manager” (AMC)
“The Night Of” (HBO)
“The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”)
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)
Billy Bob Thornton (“Goliath”)

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Winona Ryder (“Stranger Things”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Nick Nolte (“Graves”)
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)
Sarah Jessica Parker (“Divorce”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)
Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)

Best Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”)
Bryan Cranston (“All the Way”)
Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”)
John Turturro (“The Night Of”)
Courtney B. Vance (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”)

Best Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)
Riley Keough (“The Girlfriend Experience”)
Sarah Paulson (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”)
Charlotte Rampling (“London Spy”)
Kerry Washington (“Confirmation”)

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, TV Movie or Limited Series
Sterling K. Brown (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”)
Hugh Laurie (“The Night Manager”)
John Lithgow (“The Crown”)
Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”)
John Travolta (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”)

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, TV Movie or Limited Series
Olivia Colman (“The Night Manager”)
Lena Heady (“Game of Thrones”)
Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”)
Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)