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Leslie Odom Jr. (‘One Night in Miami’): Dual Oscar nominations ‘speak to positive changes in the industry’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Leslie Odom Jr. (‘One Night in Miami’): Dual Oscar nominations ‘speak to positive changes in the industry’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Leslie Odom Jr. is up for a pair of Oscars this year: Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Song (“Speak Now”) for his work in the Amazon drama “One Night in Miami,” which makes him only the fourth person to receive nominations for acting and songwriting in the same year. “It means a lot,” Odom explains, and it also “speaks to some positive changes in the industry over the years.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Odom above.

Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”) and Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”) also earned dual nominations for acting and songwriting in recent years. For Odom, that reflects an industry more open to artists crossing boundaries. An actor doesn’t just have to be an actor, and a musician doesn’t just have to be a musician, so “we’re allowed to bring all that we are to the table more

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