The 24-year-old is set to star in the upcoming Netflix movie Malcolm & Marie, which is being eyed for award season in 2021. Film critics are praising her performance, and predicting that the film could be set to break some records at the Oscars.
Zendaya co-stars in the film with John David Washington, which follows a filmmaker and his girlfriend discussing their past relationships while returning home from a movie premiere. The film was entirely written and shot during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Variety has reported that if Malcolm & Marie is nominated, both stars would make history in more ways than one. Here’s how:
Zendaya serves as a producer on the film — if nominated, she would be the second-ever Black woman to get a nod in that category. And if nominated for Best Actress, she would tie with Mary J. Bilge as the most-nominated Black woman in a single year.
If that’s not enough, she would also be the youngest female producing nominee in the category’s history; and if nominated for both picture and actress, she would be the first woman to be nominated for acting and producing.
As for John David Washington, if Malcolm & Marie is nominated alongside 2020 film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, it would make him and his father, Denzel Washington, the first father-son pairing nominated ever, as both of them are also producers on their movies.
Zendaya could potentially also be the first actress since Helen Mirren to win an Emmy and an Oscar in the same year.
Malcolm & Marie premieres on Netflix on February 5th, you can watch the trailer above