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Niecy Nash highlights incredible family connection to two major Oscar nominees with photo you need to see

Three unlikely cousins

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Bryony Gooch
Bryony GoochUS Writer
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Origin star Niecy Nash highlighted an incredible family connection with two of this year's Oscar nominees who happened to be her cousins.

Taking to Instagram, the actress and comedian highlighted that clearly talent runs in the family for these three actors, who have been stalwarts throughout award season. 

Three cousins© @niecynash1 Instagram
Three cousins

It turns out that Niecy can count both Sterling K. Brown and Danielle Brooks as cousins - and she was more than proud of the family connection as the two were nominated respectively for Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role in American Fiction and The Color Purple.

She extended her congratulations to the cousins on Instagram: "Both of my COUSINS are OSCAR NOMINATED ‼️‼️ Yes! We are blood related! REAL cousins! I’m so proud of my fam! @thedaniellebrooks @sterlingkbrown I’m rooting for you! #KinFolk".

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Actor Sterling K. Brown (L) and Niecy Nashattend People and EIF's Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Gala sponsored by TNT and L'Oreal Paris at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_008  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Turner)© Charley Gallay
Sterling K. Brown with Niecy Nash

The photo saw the three of them looking glam in black dresses and black tie with massive beaming smiles on their faces.

Needless to say, fans went wild at the unusual family connection - especially as it's incredibly rare to have one family member nominated for such a prestigious award, let alone two. 

Kerry Washington commented below: "So the talent runs in the family, got it" with a number of clapping emojis.

"This is a FLEX!!!! Beautiful!!!!!", one fan commented, "congratulations because THEY deserve!!!!!" Another added: "A dynasty of talent. We love to see it".

A third fan commented: "Danielle Brooks was so amazing in her role. I’ve loved her work ever since I first saw her. Wow."

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 14: Danielle Brooks attends the 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 14, 2024 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)© Jeff Kravitz
Danielle Brooks

Minutes after Danielle found out about her incredible nomination, she was on the phone with the New York Times. She said: "I'm alive and I am an Oscar nominee today", adding, "I don't think I'll be able to go back to sleep."

Having first broke out in Orange Is The New Black, Danielle is previously an Emmy and Tony nominee, as well as a Grammy Winner. She said of her nomination: 

"It's like getting the M.V.P. at the Super Bowl. Crazy. It's what I always just hoped and dreamed would happen, but for it to actually happen, I'm in shock! It's like what it says in The Color Purple: 'Look what God has done."

Meanwhile Sterling K. Brown took to Instagram and shared a video of his response to the nomination.

"I just have to tell you guys how your boy woke up this morning", he started. "So I fell asleep on my kids' floor, and my phone was close to dead so I got up off the kids' floor and I go to sleep in my bedroom and my phone had died."

After charging his phone, sleeping and getting his kids' breakfast the next morning, he checked his phone to find "126 messages". 

The This is Us star joked that previously that his son was unimpressed at the news of his recent SAG award nomination, asking him to come back when it was an Oscar. But as he showed the 12-year-old his Academy Award nomination, Sterling revealed "you could see his 12 year old mind trying to find a way to bring your boy down, but all he said was congratulations."