Daniel Kaluuya Earns Oscar Win for ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’


The Academy Awards are finally here, the biggest night in Hollywood honoring the best feats in filmmaking from acting, writing, and directing to sound, editing, costume design, and more.

Daniel Kaluuya, known for his roles in Get Out and Black Panther, stepped into one of his most ambitious roles this past year, taking on the role of the revolutionary Black Panther Party Chairman (Illinois) Fred Hampton.

For his incredible portrayal of Hampton, Kaluuya rightfully earned the night’s win for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. This is the second Academy Award nomination and first win for Kaluuya. The other nominees include Sacha Baron Cohen, Leslie Odom, Jr., Paul Raci, and Kaluuya’s co-star LaKeith Stanfield.

Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Fred Hampton, as he leads his chapter of the Black Panthers to fight for social and racial justice. Meanwhile, Bill O’Neal is tasked by the FBI to infiltrate the Panthers, ultimately leading to betrayal.

Judas and the Black Messiah received four additional Academy Award nominations, including:

Best Picture

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: LaKeith Stanfield for his role as Bill O’Neal

Best Original Screenplay: Screenplay by Will Berson and Shaka King; Story by Berson, King, Kenny Lucas, and Keith Lucas

Best Original Song: “Fight for You” by H.E.R.; Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

Best Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt

Find the full list of tonight’s winners here.

Julia is a writer/editor/content assistant for Nerds who joined the team in 2019.

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