Cynthia Erivo Gets Standing Ovation for Oscars Performance

Cynthia Erivo brought the audience to its feet Sunday night at the 92nd Academy Awards with her performance of “Stand Up” from the film Harriet.

Erivo, who was nominated for two Oscars, wore a stunning gold dress and diamonds as she delivered an emotional performance inside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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Backed by a chorus of singers, Erivo performed the track in front of a packed house. The song ended with a black and white photo of freedom fighter Harriet Tubman shown on a large screen.

Harriet tells the story of Tubman, who was born a slave in Maryland and escaped to freedom. Over her lifetime, she helped hundreds of other enslaved African Americans reach freedom in the North via the Underground Railroad.

The Focus features release was directed by Kasi Lemmons and received two Oscar nominations — Best Actress for Erivo and Best Original Song for “Stand Up,” which the actress and singer co-wrote.

Renée Zellweger took home the Best Actress honor for her role in Judy. Elton John and his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin won the Best Original Song award for “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from Rocketman.