Thuso Mbedu Strikes Gold Again with International Award
The rising star, Thuso Mbedu, continues to gain recognition for her talents as she took home an award for her role in The Woman King.
Winning the Outstanding Breakthrough Actress at the 23rd Annual Black Reel Awards, Mbedu added to the 6 awards the film won in total.
Shot in both Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, the action-packed, African-inspired movie had Mbedu playing the character Nawi.
For this role, the actress has already acquired a plethora of prestigious awards, such as the Independent Spirit Award, and a Gotham Award. Prior to her Woman King fame, Mbedu had already made a name for herself in Hollywood with her role in The Underground Railroad.
Thuso Mbedu wins another international award
This earned her a Hollywood Critics Award, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series, as well as an Outstanding Performance in a New Series at the Gotham Awards.
The star’s career is only getting brighter as she was recently named in the New York Times’ Top 10 Best Actors of 2022. Indeed, Thuso Mbedu’s stardom continues to rise!
In an article written by authors Wesley Morris and A.O Scott describe Mbedu as a force to be reckoned with. Here is what he says below:
All I knew about this movie before I got there, was that Viola Davis was in it… I was less prepared for the discovery that she wasn’t the only actor with the gusto to singe my eyebrows.
The movie’s comedy — some of it, anyway — comes from watching Davis subdue her awe at Nawi’s relentlessness. It must have been some of the hardest acting this great actor has had to do because Mbedu is awesome. The part needs stamina: There’s lots of running, jumping, ducking, and impaling. But Mbedu ensures that every thwack, knock and stabbing packs an emotional wallop. She doesn’t appear to be acting the battles.
After saying all that about The Woman King he also bowed down to Thuzo Mbedu’s talent in Underground Railroad:
This wasn’t the first time I’d seen Mbedu. She played an enslaved person on the run in “The Underground Railroad,” Barry Jenkins’s neglected 10-part masterpiece from last year, and I didn’t see a more imaginatively grueling feat of acting