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Daniel Kaluuya Becomes First Ugandan Actor To Win An Oscar Award

British- born-Uganda actor Daniel Kaluuya worn his first Oscar award for the best supporting role in “Judas And The Black Messiah”, an American biographical drama film .

He won the prestigious award during the 93rd edition of the “Academy Awards” held at Union Station and Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Califorrnia, USA on Sunday.

Kaluuya, 32, rose to international fame after his starring role in an American black comedy horror film “Get Out” , directed by Jordan Peele was favourite for the prize, having won in the same category at a slew of preceding awards, including the Golden Globes and the Baftas.

He thanked his family and the production crew for working with him and supporting his career as a film actor because without them, he would have failed.

 “Thank you so much for showing me myself, and there’s so much work to do. That’s on everyone in this room. This is not a single man job but to the production team and other stars we worked with,” Said Kaluuya in his victory speech.

Kaluuya’s win marked one of six nominations the Shaka King-directed historical drama film (“Judas And The Black Messiah”) received at the 93rd Academy Awards.

In addition to its two Best Supporting Actor nominations, this film also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song, and Best Cinematography. The movie’s nomination for Best Picture made history for featuring an all-Black producing team.

Directed by Shaka King, Judas and the Black Messiah portrays the betrayal of Black Panthers chair Fred Hampton by FBI informant William O’Neal (played by Get Out co-star Lakeith Stanfield , who was also nominated for this award) in late-1960s Chicago.

Kaluuya has also appeared in Widows and Black Panther; his next project is a feature film based on children’s TV show Barney & Friends, which he will also produce.

Kaluuya said the film will “surprise audiences and subvert expectations”.

 

 

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