THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY
BEST Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
In the 1940s, the U.S. government targeted beloved jazz icon Billie Holiday as part of their war on drugs, to prevent her from performing her heart-wrenching ballad “Strange Fruit,” a blatant cry against lynching.
Harassed by the police for performing her song “Strange Fruit,” a ballad about lynching, Billie Holiday spirals downward while fighting addiction, imprisonment, and her lovers using her.
|— 1st time Nominee —|
February 26, 2021
“Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs”
by Johann Hari
(for strong drug content, sexual content, nudity, language throughout, some lynching images and violence)
Erik LaRay Harvey
Da’Vine Joy Randolph
Pamela Oas Williams
93RD ACADEMY AWARDS | OSCARS CHALLENGE
APRIL 21, 2021