Thuso Mbedu has opted to focus on honing her craft through emulating American actor, Jonathan Majors’ career, following the Emmy snub for her portrayal of Cora Randal.
Thuso Mbedu

On Tuesday, 13 July 2021, the Emmys announced the nominations for the seventy-third edition of the most prestigious television awards. South Africans had arguably looked forward to the anticipated nomination of Thuso Mbedu under the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie category. This was for her portrayal of Cora Randal on Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad.

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However, following the announcement of the nominees in the various categories, The Underground Railroad amassed seven nominations in total. These include Outstanding Casting, Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Music Composition, Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Sound Mixing and Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series.

Mbedu was snubbed off the nominations list, which includes Cynthia Erivo, Kate Winslet, Micheale Coel, Anna Taylor-Joy, Elizabeth Olsen. Many were surprised by the Emmy snub of Mbedu, considering the impact that The Underground Railroad had internationally. Moreover, media personalities such as Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey endorsed Mbedu publicly to receive a nod from the coveted awards.

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While the matter of her snub was publicly discussed, Mbedu opted to retweet and share posts of congratulations for the seven nods the production received. Moreover, she did not share how she felt about the snub. More so, considering that Mbedu has been nominated twice for the Emmys for her role in the local production, Is’thunzi.

Furthermore, Mbedu took to Twitter to suggest that her focus is currently on her craft. In the post, she highlighted how she is looking at the trajectory of American actor, Jonathan Majors’ career as one to emulate. This is as Majors earned his first notable Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his portrayal of Atticus Freeman on Lovecraft Country.

See the post below.