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Who is Damalie Namusoke? Daniel Kaluuya's mom who raised him alone baffled at sex joke after Oscars win

While his win made everyone emotional, Kaluuya went to crack a joke to lighten the mood, saying 'my mom met my dad, they had sex, it's amazing'
UPDATED APR 26, 2021
Daniel Kaluuya made his speech as his mother and sister react at the Oscars 2021 (ABC)
Daniel Kaluuya made his speech as his mother and sister react at the Oscars 2021 (ABC)

Daniel Kaluuya has managed to baffle his mom with his winning speech for Oscars 2021 as the 32-year-old British Actor bagged the trophy for Best Supporting Actor for the movie 'Judas and the Black Messiah'. In his speech, Kaluuya thanked his mother for raising him and giving him all the support. The speech and the win visibly moved his mother and older sister to tears. But then Kaluuya also went on to mention how his parents had sex to bring him here, a mention leaving a confused expression on his mother's face.

The win of Daniel Kaluuya had been predicted as the BAFTA winner also won the Best Supporting Actor Award this year in Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and more. Born in London to Ugandan parents, Kaluuya was mostly raised by his mother Damalie Namusoke as his father lived in Uganda, and could barely visit due to UK visa regulations.


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Daniel Kaluuya, winner of Actor in a Supporting Role for "Judas and the Black Messiah", poses in the press room during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards (Getty Images)

Who is Damalie Namusoke?

Damalie Namusoke, the mother of Daniel Kaluuya, migrated from Uganda to London in the United Kingdom and raised her son Daniel and daughter almost as a single mother as Kaluuya's father was in Uganda and visits were very rare due to the stringent Visa policies. In an interview, Kaluuya talked about the hardships of his mother in the UK revealing, "She came to London to give birth to me. I lived in hostels until I was two years old, and then she got a home in Camden, where I grew up. She was on benefits for a long while, which is what Americans call welfare."

 Daniel Kaluuya accepts the Actor in a Supporting Role award (Getty Images)

He continued, "Now, she works for a special needs school in Camden, which is the biggest drug market in Europe. It was where the Sex Pistols were born, as well as punk. Amy Winehouse lived there. It can be quite a dark place because there are loads of drugs and all the drugs went into homes." The 'Black Mirror' actor also added, "My mom was strict, so she wanted me to get my grades. As long as I got the grades, I was thinking I could do whatever the f**k I liked. I just wanted to have fun and have vibes — to get grades to prove myself and carry on."

Daniel Kaluuya's mother and sister in tears after the actor bags Best Supporting Actor (ABC)

Mother and sister in 'tears' after actor's Oscar win

Daniel Kaluuya's win melted viewers' heart as the camera caught his mother and older sister in the audience moved to tears after the winner's name was announced. In the winning speech, Daniel Kaluuya said, "Thank you so much for pouring into me." He added, "It's so hard to make a film, and make a film about a man like this." He continued saying, "I share this honor with the gift that is Lakeith Stanfield, the light that is Dominique Fishback."

Kaluuya's mother baffled after the speech (ABC)

While his win made everyone emotional, Kaluuya went to crack a joke to lighten the mood, saying "It's incredible," the actor said. "My mom met my dad, they had sex, it's amazing. Do you know what I'm saying? I'm here, do you know what I mean? I'm so happy to be alive, so I'm going to celebrate that tonight."

Social media users quipped about Kaluuya speaking of sex and his mother's live reaction. A user said, "Incredible that we get to see the real-time reaction from Daniel Kaluuya’s mother as he talks about his parents having sex!" Another viewer added, "This was the first time a mother was wondering why the hell the orchestra didn't play her child off."



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.