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Mary J. Blige Independent Film Awards 2017

Source: Rob Rich / WENN

Mary J. Blige got an award last night. Page Six is reporting that The Gotham Independent Film Awards gave her a special jury award for best ensemble for Mudbound, in which she plays the matriarch of a struggling family in the 1940s.

Mary thanked director Dee Rees, saying,

“She offered me the role. And when someone offers you a role and you don’t have to read [or audition], and don’t have to worry about anything but getting your acting coach and getting prepared, it just makes you go harder and love that person more.”

She added that playing the role gave her “a whole other level of confidence.”

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