Oscars 2021: Daniel Kaluuya wins Best Supporting Actor trophy, fans almost cry after seeing 'his mom and sister'
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The Oscars night is one of the biggest nights in the film fraternity and this year, there were some tough contenders in each category. And, for his intense performance as 'Fred Hampton' in 'Judas and the Black Messiah,' Daniel Kaluuya bagged the award for 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
The other nominees included — Leslie Odom Jr for his role as 'Sam Cooke' in ‘One Night in Miami,' Sacha Baron Cohen for his role as 'Abbie Hoffman' in 'The Trial of the Chicago 7,' Paul Raci for his role as 'Joe' in 'Sound of Metal,' and LaKeith Stanfield for his role as 'William O'Neal' in 'Judas and The Black Messiah'. Out of this list, only Daniel Kaluuya and Sacha Baron Cohen have been nominated before.
Kaluuya plays the role of Fred Hampton and as Hampton, Kaluuya truly delivered a powerful performance. His character was based directly on Fredrick Allen Hampton activist, Marxist-Leninist and revolutionary socialist, who was the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party and deputy chairman of the national BPP.
In 1967, Hampton was identified by the FBI as a radical threat. In 1969, he was drugged, shot and killed in his bed in his Chicago apartment by a tactical unit of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office along with the Chicago Police Department and the FBI. Playing such a person such as Hampton truly required an actor who could move the audiences and leave an impact the way Hampton did and Kaluuya pulled it off with a sense of finesse that is often associated with him.
One of Kaluuya's most iconic dialogues in the movie is that of Hampton addressing the People's Church — "It’s not a question of violence or non-violence. It’s a question of resistance to fascism or nonexistence within fascism. You can murder a liberator, but you can’t murder liberation; you can murder a revolutionary, but you can’t murder a revolution; you can murder a freedom-fighter, but you can’t murder freedom!"
Born in London, Daniel Kaluuya's parents are Ugandan. His mother Damalie Namusoke raised him and his older sister on her own, seeing that his water rarely visited the UK due to visa regulation issues.
Kaluuya's acting career began as a teen, seeing that he was active in improvisational theatre performances. He later went on to star in the TV series 'Skins' and later in series such as 'Black Mirror' and more. His film roles include movies such as 'Get Out,' 'Black Panther,' and 'Queen and Slim.'
Kaluuya has been nominated once before, for his phenomenal performance in the highly acclaimed 'Get Out.' He was nominated for 'Best Actor' in 2017. He lost out to Casey Affleck for his role in 'Manchester By the Sea.'
Immense support came pouring in from fans for Kaluuya, all of which were filled with praise and congratulations for the actor on bagging this win. "I could listen to Daniel Kaluuya speak for days #SkyMovies #Oscars" tweeted a fan. "I've been loving Daniel Kaluuya since get out and I love seeing him thrive cause he totally deserves it, well done sir," said another. "Daniel Kaluuya winning best actor in supporting role as he absolutely should. Gave one of the best performances I have ever seen," added another.
"Daniel Kaluuya for Best Supporting Actor. For all accounts, he should have been in the lead category, but that doesn’t take away from his phenomenal performance in #JudasAndTheBlackMessiah #oscars" said another.
i've been loving daniel kaluuya since get out and i love seeing him thrive cause he totally deserves it, well done sir— angeRy ⛧ (@peryngveohlins) April 26, 2021
Daniel Kaluuya winning best actor in supporting role as he absolutely should. Gave one of the best performances i have ever seen— karsyn is livetweeting oscars (@karsyn_delaney) April 26, 2021
Fans were also talking about Kaluuya's mother, who was in attendance and cracked up after hearing the "sex" reference in his speech. "My mom, my dad, they had sex. Know what I mean? It's incredible!" -Daniel Kaluuya #Oscars" tweeted a fan, quoting the star. Talking about the emotional moment where his mother and sister were almost on the verge of tears, one tweet read, "LOVE to see Daniel Kaluuya win AND watch his mum and sister cry work joy #oscars fank yew sew mutch innit."
One said, "Congrats Daniel Kaluuya, well deserved!!! Seeing his mom and sister in the seats is making me cry." Many others tweeted about his mom and sister's reactions. "Daniel Kaluuya was bugging and his mom was like WTF!l???!!!" added another. "Give Daniel Kaluuya's mom another Oscar for that reaction shot," joked another.
"My mom, my dad, they had sex. Know what I mean? It's incredible!" -Daniel Kaluuya #Oscars— chriscarmichael (@cdcarm) April 26, 2021
LOVE to see Daniel Kaluuya win AND watch his mum and sister cry work joy #oscars fank yew sew mutch innit— amil (@amil) April 26, 2021
Congrats Daniel Kaluuya, well deserved!!! Seeing his mom and sister in the seats is making me cry 😢 #Oscars— IG: @genius.jen 💡 (@jenfrombk) April 26, 2021
Daniel Kaluuya was bugging and his mom was like WTF!l???!!!— DEFUND AND ABOLISH THE POLICE ✊🏿🖤HE/HIM/HIS🖤🤎 (@killahahhdough) April 26, 2021
Give Daniel Kaluuya's mom another Oscar for that reaction shot.— Jason Horn (@messyepicure) April 26, 2021
The official Academy Awards preshow, ‘Oscars: Into the Spotlight’ began airing on ABC at 6:30 pm ET. With Ariana DeBose and Lil Rel Howery as hosts, it offered a behind-the-scenes look at the big night with red carpet coverage and interviews. The main ceremony started at 8 PM ET on ABC.