My vote for best moment at the Oscars goes to Cynthia Erivo singing “Stand Up”, nominated as Best Original Song from her movie “Harriet”.
Doubly amazing was finding out that she co-wrote the song (with Joshuah Brian Campbell), meaning she had two Oscar nominations this year (also as Best Actress).
Triply amazing is Erivo’s career trajectory. She’s one of the very few actors to make the transition from theater to films, and so quickly. Looking at her cv, she started to work on a professional level around 2011, starring in the U.K. tour (fyi she’s English) of “Sister Act”, getting some TV credits, then playing the lead in the pared down production of “The Color Purple” at Menier Chocolate Factory in London, which took her to Broadway, where she won the Tony for Best Actress, placing her within the sights of Hollywood. Before “Harriet”, she had roles in “Widows” with Viola Davis and “Bad Times at the El Royale” with Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges.
Next up is playing Aretha Franklin. This is one to keep an eye on.