Caribbean-American actress Naomie Melanie Harris has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the 89th Annual Academy Awards, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Harris is nominated for her portrayal of Paula, the emotionally abusive mother of Chiron (Alex Hibbert), a shy and withdrawn child in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight. The performance has also earned her nominations for the Golden Globe, BAFTA,
Both parents of British-born actress Naomie Melanie Harris hail from the Caribbean. Harris’ father was born in Trinidad and Tobago and her mother is Jamaican.
Harris’ career began in 1987 when she appeared on Simon and the Witch (a children’s series). She has also appeared in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, Selena, 28 Days Later, and she played Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre.
The 89th Academy Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in film, will be held Feb. 26, 2017. The biggest night of the year for cinephiles, the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, marks the culmination of a season of awards leading up to the event.
The Academy Awards — hosted by Jimmy Kimmel — will air live on ABC at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 26.