Beyoncé has earned her very first Oscar nomination.
"Listen" for "Dreamgirls" was nominated for the Oscar in 2007, but due to an Academy rule making it so only three writers could be nominated for a song, she was excluded from being a nominee.
Serena Williams approached her to do the song for the film, which is about their father jumpstarting their tennis careers.
"When the film came out, there was no other person that could do this song except for Beyoncé. I feel like we've had a similar path in our lives. We've trained since an early age to reach a goal," she said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "For us it was really only one answer, and she embraced that. There was no doubt in her mind that it belonged to her as well. The original song is amazing, and I love it."
"King Richard" stars Will Smith as Richard Williams, the father of iconic athletes Venus and Serena Williams.
The film also stars Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as Venus and Serena Williams, Aunjanue Ellis as Oracene “Brandi” Williams, Jon Bernthal as coach Rick Macci, and Tony Goldwyn as coach Paul Cohen.
Dylan McDermott also stars.
Smith and Ellis were also nominated for Academy Awards for their work in the film.
[via Shadow And Act]