If Day is nominated, this would be the second portrayal of Holiday to be recognized in that category. Diana Ross’ performance in Lady Sings the Blues received a 1972 nomination. This would make Holiday the first musical performer to inspire two Oscar-nominated portrayals.

The late Chadwick Boseman is also considered a sure thing to receive a best actor nomination for his role as Levee, an arrogant trumpet and cornet player in Rainey’s band, but that character is fictional.

In each of the last two years, actors won Oscars in lead categories for their portrayals of music legends. Last year, Renée Zellweger won best actress for playing Judy Garland. Two years ago, Rami Malek won best actor for playing Freddie Mercury of Queen.

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