Philadelphia native Da’Vine Joy Randolph earns Oscar nomination for ‘The Holdovers’

Da'Vine Joy Randolph accepts the award for best supporting actress for "The Holdovers" during the 29th Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

By Patrick Berkery

January 23, 2024

Having already won a Golden Globe and a Critic’s Choice Award for her supporting role as grieving mother Mary Lamb in “The Holdovers,” Randolph, who attended Hershey High School, received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination Tuesday.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph is close to scoring an awards season triple crown.

Having already won a Golden Globe and a Critic’s Choice Award for her supporting role as grieving mother Mary Lamb in “The Holdovers,” the Philadelphia native received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination Tuesday.

Randolph is up against Emily Blunt (“Oppenheimer”), Danielle Brooks (“The Color Purple”), America Ferrera (“Barbie”), and Jodie Foster (“Nyad”).

Critics at both the Los Angeles Times and Vanity Fair seem to like Randolph’s chances for her work in “The Holdovers,” which chronicles the bond formed by three unlikely companions spending Christmas break together at a New England boarding school in 1970. Randolph plays the manager of the school cafeteria who is grieving her son’s recent death in Vietnam. There’s even a Pennsylvania connection to Randolph’s character, whose son was drafted after she couldn’t afford to send him to Swarthmore College.

“Oh, Mary, you have changed my life,” Randolph said of her role as Mary Lamb as she accepted her Golden Globe award earlier this month. “You have made me feel seen in so many ways that I have never imagined.”

Randolph also won the Best Supporting Performance award from the Los Angeles Film Critics association in December.

Though born in Philadelphia, Randolph’s Pennsylvania roots stretch further west. After living in Philly’s Mt. Airy neighborhood as a child, Randolph’s family moved to Hershey, where she attended Hershey High School and her mother and father served as houseparents at the Milton Hershey School. Randolph also attended the Capital Area School for the Arts in Harrisburg.

After graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia, Randolph earned her master’s degree from the Yale School of Drama.

The Academy Awards air Sunday, March 12 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

 

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