The 2019 Oscar nominations have been announced and two women being recognized by The Academy are both graduates of two area universities.
Glenn Close graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1974. She double-majored in theatre and anthropology. This year, she received a 'Best Actress' nomination for her work on the film, The Wife.
Ruth E. Carter, a 1982 graduate of Hampton University, was nominated for costume design for the hit movie, Black Panther. Carter majored in Theatre Arts during her time at Hampton University.
“We at Hampton University congratulate Ruth E. Carter for her historic Academy Award nomination,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “We are overjoyed to watch this amazing and talented Hampton University alum gain so much success in her career. What a great moment for Hampton University, to see one of our very own achieve such an accomplishment. It was wonderful to welcome Ruth home as our 2018 commencement speaker. Ms. Carter is a true role model to our students. We wish her the best of luck.”
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However, this isn't the first time that both ladies have been recognized for their work.
Close holds the record as the most Oscar-nominated living actress who hasn't won an Oscar with seven nominations on her belt. She's also received three Emmy and Tony awards and a Golden Globe. (So close to an EGOT!)
And before this nomination, Carter was a two-time nominee, getting credit for her costume design work on the sets of Steven Spielberg's Amistad and Spike Lee's Malcolm X. She was also nominated for an Emmy for her work on Roots.