It’s no secret, Philadelphia has a way of producing creative gems. Indeed, congratulations are in order for Philly native and Temple University graduate, Da’Vine Joy Randolph as she took home her first big award of the season. Sunday night, Randolph won her first Golden Globe for her dynamic portrayal of Mary in the holiday comedy “The Holdovers”.
Specifically, Randolph won the award for best supportive actress in a movie making it the first of several expected wins. But it doesn’t stop there. Many movie critics are betting their Oscar predictions on Randolph winning for the same category at the upcoming Oscars ceremony in March.
In the movie, Mary chooses to spend the holidays at work, a New England prep school. As the only “holdover” Mary is stuck at work but she isn’t alone. Joining her for Christmas break 1970, is a small group of students and faculty. There’s the complaining teacher Mr. Hunham (Giamatti), stubborn and sarcastic junior Angus (Sessa) and then there’s Mary. Mary, who heads the school’s cafeteria, is grieving the death of her son Curtis. Curtis, who was killed in action in Vietnam, was also a former student at the school.
During her acceptance speech, Randolph thanked her family and friends, the film’s director Alexander Payne, costars Paul Giamatti and Dominic Sessa, and, of course, the fictional character she played.
“Thank you to my family and friends for holding me up, and to the character Mary,” she gracefully proclaimed. “Oh Mary, you have changed my life,” she continued. “You have made me feel seen in so many ways that I have never imagined, and I hope I helped you all find your inner Mary, because there’s a little bit of her in all of us.”
Randolph spent some time in the Mt. Airy section of the city and graduated from Temple with a bachelor’s degree in classical vocal performance. She later received her masters from the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University.
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