Thuso Mbedu receives the Dior Spirit Award for her career-defining portrayal as Cora Randall in Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad.
Thuso Mbedu won Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series at the 37th annual Independent Spirit Awards,
The award was presented to the local actress on Sunday night in Santa Monica, California, for her career-defining performance as Cora Randall in Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad. Mbedu triumphed against Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts), Jana Schmieding (Rutherford Falls), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Blindspotting), and Deborah Ayorinde (Blindspotting) (Them: Covenant).
Mbedu looked stunning in a Dior couture peplum pantsuit with sensual mesh embellishments and an unique braided updo. Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, located in Los Angeles, are known as the go-to stylists for Hollywood A-listers like Saweetie, Tessa Thompson, Regina King, and Jodie Turner-Smith.
Thuso Mbedu wins Spirit Award in Dior couture . Mbedu wins for her career-defining role as Cora Randall in Barry Jenkins’s The Underground Railroad
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Thuso Mbedu poses in the photo room after receiving the Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series awards for the “Underground Railroad” during the 37th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, U.S.,
Thuso Mbedu has scooped the Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series at the 37th annual Independent Spirit Awards.
The local actor secured her win on Sunday night at the awards held in Santa Monica, California, for her career-defining role as Cora Randall in Barry Jenkins’s The Underground Railroad. Mbedu beat Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts), Jana Schmieding (Rutherford Falls), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Blindspotting) and Deborah Ayorinde (Them: Covenant).
Sporting a funky braided up-do, Mbedu looked chic in a peplum pantsuit, with sexy mesh details, from Dior couture. She was styled by Los Angeles-based duo Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, known as the go-to style gurus for Hollywood A-listers such as Saweetie, Tessa Thompson, Regina King and Jodie Turner-Smith.
Her Speech at the award ceremony
“A big thank you to Film Independent for allowing me to be part of such an important and brilliant group of people. I’m humbled. Thank you for this recognition,” Mbedu expressed her excitement about her win on Instagram.
“Thank you to Colson Whitehead, Barry Jenkins and Amazon Studios for gifting us with The Underground Railroad. Thank you to everyone involved in creating this timeless work of art.”
Other awards she won
This isn’t the first time Mbedu has received praise for her portrayal of Cora. At the inaugural Hollywood Critics Association awards last year, she won her first international honor.
She’s also been nominated for a number of awards for her work in the series, including a Dorian Award nomination for Best TV Performance and a Black Reel TV Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series.
Mbedu is currently filming The Woman King, an international film starring Viola Davis and John Boyega, in Cape Town. In addition to Zozibini Tunzi, Siv Ngesi, Makgotso M, Masali Baduza, Chioma Umeala, and Angélique Kidjo, the film has Zozibini Tunzi, Siv Ngesi, Makgotso M, Masali Baduza, Chioma Umeala, and Angélique Kidjo in supporting roles.