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The British actor receives the honor for best supporting actor for his turn as Fred Hampton
Hampton, the 21-year-old chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party,
Daniel Kaluuya has won his first Oscar for his performance in “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
The British actor receives the honor for best supporting actor for his turn as Fred Hampton.
Hampton, the 21-year-old chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, was killed by police in 1969.
Though “Judas and the Black Messiah” takes place in Chicago, the film was co-written by the Lucas Brothers, twin actors and comedians who grew up in Newark and Irvington.
Keith and Kenny Lucas, who started out in stand-up comedy, co-wrote the story for the film with director Shaka King and screenwriter Will Berson.
The Lucas Brothers, King and Berson were nominated for the Oscar for best original screenplay. (The Lucases are credited as story co-writers, and Berson and King are credited for co-writing the story and the screenplay.)
“The Lucas Brothers are starting their journey,” Kaluuya said in his acceptance speech at Union Station in Los Angles.
The actor thanked Hampton for his light.
“He was on this earth for 21 years,” Kaluuya said. “21 years, and he found a way to feed kids breakfast, educate kids, give free medical care, against all the odds. He showed me, he taught me. Him, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, the Black Panther Party, they showed me how to love myself.”
Kaluuya, 32, won a Golden Globe for supporting actor for the same role in February and a SAG Award earlier this month.
Speaking to NJ Advance Media after the film’s February debut, Kenny Lucas said that based on the actor’s performances in Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” — which landed him a nomination for a lead actor Oscar — and Melina Matsoukas’ “Queen & Slim,” he and Keith always expected Kaluuya to bring his A-game to the role.
But what he witnessed at the “Judas” table read was something beyond.
“I didn’t know what A-game meant,” Kenny said. Kaluuya, he said, had reached “a pinnacle of acting that very few people can get to. Daniel Day-Lewis, Brando, Pacino, Denzel — there was just something. It was an aura, maybe.”
The actor also starred in Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther.” Coogler is a co-producer of “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
Kaluuya’s co-star, LaKeith Stanfield, was also nominated for an Oscar in the supporting actor category.
Stanfield, 29, plays William O’Neal, the FBI informant who shadowed Hampton. The film shows how O’Neal gave police information that helped them carry out the raid on Hampton’s home where he was killed.
In developing the story, the Lucas Brothers did not want to go the route of a straightforward biopic. Instead, they pursued a film that would follow O’Neal as he got close to Hampton.
Kenny and Keith Lucas first learned about Hampton in an African American studies class at college.
“We were shocked that it wasn’t being talked about more,” Keith Lucas said in the February interview with NJ Advance Media. “Once you hear about Fred Hampton’s assassination, it’s not a story that leaves you.”
“Judas and the Black Messiah” was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture, best cinematography and best original song.
The Warner Bros. film was released in February on HBO Max (where it was available through mid-March) and in theaters.
Kaluuya wins the Oscar over Stanfield and nominees Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7″), Leslie Odom Jr. (“One Night in Miami”) and Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”).
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Judas and the Black Messiah
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -British actor Daniel Kaluuya on Sunday won his first Oscar for his supporting role as the late Black Panther activist Fred Hamp
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -British actor Daniel Kaluuya on Sunday won his first Oscar for his supporting role as the late Black Panther activist Fred Hampton in the drama, “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
Kaluuya, 32, emerged as front-runner for the Academy Award after also winning at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and British BAFTA ceremonies.
Born in London to Ugandan parents, Kaluuya describes himself as a working-class kid who got his first big break in the entertainment industry as a teen actor and writer on the young adult British TV series, “Skins.”
He first came to international attention in the 2017 surprise hit black comedy horror movie “Get Out,” which brought him a lead actor Oscar nomination.
In “Judas and the Black Messiah,” he plays Black revolutionary leader Hampton, who was shot dead by Chicago police in 1969 at the age of 21.
Kaluuya paid tribute to Hampton as he held his Oscar on stage.
“What a man,” Kaluuya said. “How blessed we are that we lived in a lifetime that he existed. Thank you for your life.”
The film was made with the blessing and participation of Hampton’s son, Fred Hampton Jr. Kaluuya has said his aim was to honor Hampton’s legacy.
Kaluuya worked in British television and theater before landing small roles in movies such as “Johnny English Reborn” and thriller “Sicario.”
He won acclaim for playing a man who lives surrounded by screens in the surreal TV series “Black Mirror” before being cast in “Get Out” as a Black man who goes to visit his white girlfriend’s wealthy parents.
That led to a part in the 2018 superhero movie, “Black Panther” and a starring role in the independent film “Queen &
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Howard Goller)
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