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Renée Zellweger lands Academy Award nomination for her outstanding performance in 'Judy'

The actress gave us one of the most emotional turns as the gay icon

2020-01-13

Words: Steve Brown

Renée Zellweger has landed an Academy Award nomination for her performance as Judy Garland in Judy.

The actress cemented herself as one to beat this awards season after taking home the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Drama) for her unforgettable performance earlier this month.

And now the former Attitude cover star is going up against the likes of Cynthia Erivo,Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson and Saoirse Ronan for the Academy Award for Actress in a Leading Role at the end of the month.

The Rupert Goold production has also been nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling.

While accepting her Golden Globe, the actress paid tribute to the gay icon, who died in London in 1969 at the age of 47 following an overdose of barbituates.

"The conversations that I have had with people internationally, they just want to express their love or Judy Garland and tell [me] about the great personal significance of her legacy", she said.

"Her humanity has been a great reminder that the choices we make matter.

"What we make matters, and how we choose to honor each other in our lifetimes can matter a great deal down the road."

Zellweger reflected on Garland's continued legacy within the LGBTQ community in an interview with Attitude last year, saying that the late star's relationship with her gay fans was "a mutual understanding of support and acceptance".

The once-again-hostless 92nd Academy Awards will take place on February 9.

Check out our review of Judy here.