Rapper says she's "so honored" by the mention.
It's shaping up to be a big year for young actor Timothée Chalamet, 21, star of the acclaimed drama Call Me By Your Name. His performance in the Italy-set love story has been called "stealthily devastating [and] masterfully modulated" by Billboard sister publication The Hollywood Reporter and on Monday (Nov. 27) the film picked up best feature and Chalamet snagged the breakthrough actor nod at the IFP Gotham Awards for his performance in the coming-of-age story about a brainy 17 year-old who falls for his father's 24 year-old research assistant during a summer overseas in 1983.
But it was his list of musical and acting inspirations that caught the attention of his growing cadre of fans.
The clearly nervous actor took the stage to accept and off the top he joked, "I don't know who I fooled to let me into a category with someone as talented as Mary J. Blige [also earning big praise for her dramatic turn in Mudbound]... but I will take it," he said. "I'm only 21, so I'm more of a Growing Pains guy than a My Life kind of guy, but the ease with which you are able to traverse across so many mediums with such skill Ms. Blige is a tremendous inspiration. And I'm simply honored to be included in the category with you tonight."