‘Holdovers’ actress Da’Vine Joy Randolph’s grandmother’s glasses helped her ‘get back to the center’

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Da’Vine Joy Randolph: Paying it Forward as a Trailblazing Performer of Color

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, the accomplished actress, firmly believes in the importance of giving back to the community as a performer of color. In an emotional acceptance speech for her win as supporting actress for her remarkable portrayal of cafeteria matron Mary Lamb in “The Holdovers,” Randolph underscored the significance of those who paved the way for her success.

“The people who have come before me have made it possible for me to be in the position I am today,” Randolph shared backstage, reflecting on her award-winning performance. She added that her commitment to authenticity and quality in her craft sets a new standard for universal storytelling through Black and brown bodies, reaching beyond niche audiences. “It’s not about Black TV or movies just for Black people; it’s for everyone.”

The actress received a warm introduction during the presentation for the supporting actress category from her fellow award-winning peer Lupita Nyong’o. Nyong’o, who won in this same category in a previous ceremony, honored Randolph while sharing an interesting piece of trivia.

“Da’Vine, my friend, your performance is a tribute to those who have helped others heal despite their own pain,” Nyong’o said. “It’s also a tribute to your grandmother, whose glasses you wear in the film. What an honor it is to see the world through her eyes and yours.”

Randolph shared that her grandmother’s glasses were indeed crucial in bringing authenticity to her award-winning role. Backstage, she expanded on this idea: “I knew taking on this character would be a challenging and vulnerable experience for me,” she said. “Mary Lamb was someone I could connect with, allowing me to get back to the core of my artistry.”

The actress also incorporated subtle homages to women of the time through her hairstyling and accessories, creating what she describes as “a love letter back to Black women.” Randolph’s dedication to honoring the past and forging a path forward is not only inspiring, but it sets an example for future generations of performers.