British actress Andrea Riseborough has been nominated for her first Oscar following a star-studded campaign backing the nomination.
The Made In Dagenham actress, 41, has gained recognition for her starring role in indie drama inspired by real-life events To Leslie, which sees Riseborough play a single mother who turned to alcoholism after winning the lottery before changing his life when a motel owner offers him a job.
The film received no Golden Globe or Critics’ Choice Award nominations, but has since received support from some of Hollywood’s most prominent names.
Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett, who was nominated for her lead role in Tar, used the first minute of her Critics Choice speech to single out Riseborough’s performance describing her as underperforming in acting awards, alongside the stars Hollywood stars Kate Winslet and Amy Adams who have also publicly supported the actress.
On Instagram, actress Gwyneth Paltrow described Better Call producer Saul Michael Morris’ directorial debut as a “masterpiece”, adding: “Directed by our friend @filmbymichaelmorris and starring the incomparable @andreariseborough, I am amazed by all the performances Andrea should win all the awards that exist and all that have yet to be invented.
Other Hollywood celebrities, including Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel, Joe Mantegna, Minnie Driver and Helen Hunt, also publicly praised Riseborough’s performance, apparently pushing for an Oscar nomination.
Riseborough is best known for her work in the Oscar-winning film Birdman, as Wallis Simpson in WE and as the former Prime Minister in Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk To Finchley. She also starred in Battle Of The Sexes about the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, playing King’s lover, Marilyn Barnett.
In 2017, the Black Mirror star was among those who said during the #MeToo movement that she faced sexually inappropriate behavior as an actress almost every week.
She was also the first British actress to officially support the #4PercentChallenge urging members of the film industry to work with female directors after it was launched by Creed actress Tessa Thompson at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019.
The challenge referred to the statistic that only 4% of the 1,200 highest-grossing films of the last decade were directed by women.
Ana de Armas for Blonde, Michelle Williams for her role in The Fabelmans and Michelle Yeoh for Everything Everywhere All at Once are also up for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the Oscars.