South African actress Thuso Mbedu continues her winning streak for her breakthrough role as Cora in The Underground Railroad.
Thuso won Best Female Role in a New Scripted Series at the 37th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Other nominated actresses were Jana Schmieding in Rutherford FallsJasmine Cephas Jones in blind spottingDeborah Ayorinde in THEM: covenant, and Anjana Vasan in We are Lady Parts.
When they were announced as the winner, Thuso was in complete shock and tearfully joked that she wasn’t preparing for a speech.
She shared a thank you message on Instagram, where she wrote: “A big thank you to @filmindependent for letting me be part of such an important and brilliant group of people. I am humiliated. Thank you for this recognition.
“Thank you to Colson Whitehead, Barry Jenkins and Amazon Studios for donating #TheUndergroundRailroad. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the creation of this timeless work of art. I have many more people to thank – and I will – but for now I need to let this sink in.
“I appreciate you all.”
The actress wore a two-piece suit from Christian Dior’s 2021 Alta-Costura Inverno collection.
Thuso starred in Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of the book, The Underground Railway. It’s about a slave, Cora, who escaped from her Georgia plantation for the rumored underground railroad.
She discovers that the place is not a myth and a real railroad full of engineers, conductors and a secret network of tracks and tunnels under southern soil. The critically acclaimed series premiered on Amazon Prime in May 2021.
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Thuso’s groundbreaking performance gained much recognition for the actress, including an Emmy nomination for the role, winning Outstanding Performance in a New Series at the 2021 Gotham Award, as well as the resident of Pietermartizburg receiving an honorary recognition award as “TV Breakout Star.” at the Hollywood Critics Association Awards.
Many congratulations poured in on social media after her latest win.