Daniel Kaluuya 28, a British actor has become the first Ugandan to be nominated for an Oscar for his role in, ”Get Out” an American horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele.
In the nomination category, Daniel is stacked against strong leading actors like Denzel Washington and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Horror movies usually don’t get much love at the Oscar nominations but this time around, things have taken a new twist. Get Out found itself gunning for the Best Picture and lead acting categories.
Kaluuya has also been recognised in other awards such as the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a SAG Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 2017. That same year, he also received a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Daniel Kaluuya’s rise to fame
The rising star began his career as a teenager in improvisational theatre. He later appeared in the first two seasons of the British television series Skins and played a leading role in Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
Daniel has also made several appearances in series and movies like Black Mirror, Psychoville, The Fades, Johnny English Reborn, Kick-Ass 2. In 2015, he starred alongside Emily Blunt in the film Sicario.
In 2018, he will appear as W’Kabi in the Marvel Studios film Black Panther.
“I feel what the film’s done is articulate an experience. It’s a touchstone where people can go, ‘Yeah, this,’ and feel like they aren’t crazy,” says Kaluuya.
“But I can’t say it’s changed the political landscape,” he said in an interview with Dujour publication.
What you need to know about the movie, Get Out
Get Out is a 2017 American horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. It stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a black man who visits the family of his white girlfriend, Allison Williams.
Get Out premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on February 24, 2017, by Universal Pictures. The film received praise for it’s screenplay and direction, as well as Kaluuya’s performance.
The film was also a box office success, grossing $254 million (923,848,800,000 Uganda shillings) worldwide on a $4.5 (16,367,400,000 Uganda shillings) million budget.
We are proud of you Kaluuya and expect even more amazing things from you.
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Spur Magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Innovware project.
He is a freelance consultant passionate about tech, programming, games and entertainment.