The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony was interesting, to say the least. There were high hopes for the awards show. When the nominations were announced, film lovers and Hollywood alike were thrilled to see that nearly half of the nominees in acting categories were people of color. This was a stark change from prior years that prompted media strategist April Reign’s stunning takedown of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) with #OscarsSoWhite.
Daniel Kaluuya took his first Oscar for his role as Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah. It was Kaluuya’s second nomination. He was first nominated for Best Actor for his work in 2017’s Get Out. While accepting his role for Best Supporting Actor, which he dedicated to his co-star LaKeith Stainfield who was also nominated in the same category, the British-born actor urged us all to continue the fight. “There’s so much work to do, guys,” the British-born actor said in his speech. “And that’s on everyone in this room.”
Unfortunately, not everyone got the memo. When the Black Panther actor arrived in the press room, a journalist mistook him for One Night In Miami nominee, Leslie Odom Jr. The journalist asked Kaluuya, who was directed by Shaka King in Judas in the Black Messiah, “What was it like being directed by Regina [King]?”
Daniel Kaluuya responds to a journalist who mistook him for Leslie Odom Jr. at the #Oscars and asked him: “What was it like being directed by Regina [King]?”
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The Oscar winner seemed absolutely stunned by the question, but being gracious, he gave her the opportunity to correct herself by asking her to restate the question. Thankfully, she seemed to catch her error and changed her question to “What did it mean to win amid the state of the world at the moment?”
Kaluuya answered graciously. He said, “It’s amazing to have this honor and to be appreciated. For the community it means a lot to pour into each other and to protect each other, defending each other and guiding each other.”