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Oscars 2021: Best Supporting Actor Daniel Kaluuya’s mother and sister react to Academy Awards speech

Daniel Kaluuya left his mom mortified as he made a joke about his parents having sex during his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor at the 2021 Oscars on Sunday.

The 32-year-old British actor, who won the category for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah, made the awkward comment as he excitedly declared to the audience at the Union Station in Los Angeles that he was planning to celebrate after the ceremony.

‘We gotta celebrate, we gotta celebrate life,’ he said as his mom Damalie Namusoke and sister watched his speech from the UK. 

Eh? Daniel Kaluuya’s mom Damalie Namusoke couldn’t believe what she was hearing when the actor made a sex joke during his acceptance speech at the Oscars on Sunday

‘We’re breathing, we’re walking. It’s incredible. Like, my mom, my dad, they had sex -it’s amazing! I’m here. I’m so happy to be alive and I’m gonna celebrate that tonight.’ he added jokingly as the star-studded audience giggled.

As cameras cut to Kaluuya’s family members after the comment, his mom looked puzzled and appeared to say ‘What is he talking about?’.

Beside her, the Get Out star’s sister appeared to be embarrassed as she bowed her head in her hands.

Cringe! Kaluuya gave the memorable acceptance speech as he took home the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah

Cringe! Kaluuya gave the memorable acceptance speech as he took home the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah

'We're breathing, we're walking. It's incredible. Like, my mom, my dad, they had sex -it's amazing! I'm here. I'm so happy to be alive and I'm gonna celebrate that tonight.' Kaluuya said as he talked about celebrating after the ceremony

‘We’re breathing, we’re walking. It’s incredible. Like, my mom, my dad, they had sex -it’s amazing! I’m here. I’m so happy to be alive and I’m gonna celebrate that tonight.’ Kaluuya said as he talked about celebrating after the ceremony

Tuning in: The actor's mom and sister were watching his acceptance speech from the UK

Tuning in: The actor’s mom and sister were watching his acceptance speech from the UK

Oh no! Damalie raised her hands to her face as her son made the awkward joke and his sister looked mortified

Oh no! Damalie raised her hands to her face as her son made the awkward joke and his sister looked mortified

Damalie’s reaction became an instant viral hit, with Oscars viewers retweeting images of her puzzled response and joking about the awkward family moment.

Even actress Issa Rae helped cement Kaluuya’s mom’s meme status by sharing a screen grab of her hilarious Oscars moment. 

As he began his speech, Kaluuya said, ‘I’d like to thank my mom. Thank you so much for pouring into me. You gave me everything, you gave me your factory settings so I could stand at my fullest height,’ 

The Black Mirror star also thanked his family and friends ‘from London town to Kampala,’ the capital of Uganda where the actor’s father is from. 

He also thanked Fred Hampton, the late American activist he plays in his Best Picture-nominated movie, as well as the Black Panthers for their impact on his life. 

Oscars 2021: Best Supporting Actor Daniel Kaluuya's mother and sister react to Academy Awards speech

Oscars 2021: Best Supporting Actor Daniel Kaluuya's mother and sister react to Academy Awards speech

‘They showed me how to love myself, and with that love, they overflowed to the Black communities and to other communities,’ he said. 

‘They showed us that the power of union, the power of unity, that when they play divide and conquer, we play unite and ascend.’ 

Elsewhere during the night, another British star, Emerald Fennell, scooped a major gong.

Fennell, 35, won Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for Promising Young Woman, which is also nominated for Best Picture. 

Oscars 2021: Best Supporting Actor Daniel Kaluuya's mother and sister react to Academy Awards speech

Damalie's reaction became an instant viral hit, with Oscars viewers retweeting images of her puzzled response and joking about the awkward family moment

Damalie’s reaction became an instant viral hit, with Oscars viewers retweeting images of her puzzled response and joking about the awkward family moment

The achievement makes her the first woman to win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars since 2008.

In her acceptance speech, the Hammersmith-born star said: ‘The only speech I ever wrote was when I was 10 and I had a look to see if there would be anything useful from it but unfortunately I mostly thanked Zack Morris from Saved By the Bell. 

‘He was my very first husband,’ she joked. 

‘Unfortunately, he hasn’t been a part of my life as much as I had hoped so that speech is not that useful. But all I can say is — I’m trying very hard not to cry, which is very difficult as an English person, because I don’t cry ever — this film was made by the most incredible people in the world.’ 

Elsewhere during the night, another British star, Emerald Fennell, scooped a major gong. Fennell, 35, won Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for Promising Young Woman, which is also nominated for Best Picture

Elsewhere during the night, another British star, Emerald Fennell, scooped a major gong. Fennell, 35, won Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for Promising Young Woman, which is also nominated for Best Picture

In her acceptance speech, the Hammersmith-born star said: 'The only speech I ever wrote was when I was 10 and I had a look to see if there would be anything useful from it but unfortunately I mostly thanked Zack Morris from Saved By the Bell

In her acceptance speech, the Hammersmith-born star said: ‘The only speech I ever wrote was when I was 10 and I had a look to see if there would be anything useful from it but unfortunately I mostly thanked Zack Morris from Saved By the Bell

On the red carpet, the actress and writer made the astonishing revelation that she shot the movie in less than a month.

‘We made this movie in 23 days… We never expected it to get to this stage — I think what’s been so moving is people’s candor and the conversations it’s opened up for lots of people.’ 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is hosting the delayed ceremony at the historic Union Station in Los Angeles, California where socially distanced movie stars can go mask-free while on-camera or seated in the main show room.

During a year that saw movie theatres closed due to the pandemic, there were eight new films that did manage to impress Academy voters enough to be in contention for Hollywood’s biggest award, the Oscar for Best Picture (last year there were nine nominees in the category.)

Feat: On the red carpet, the actress and writer made the astonishing revelation that she shot the movie in less than a month

Feat: On the red carpet, the actress and writer made the astonishing revelation that she shot the movie in less than a month

While blockbusters may be absent this year, there have been a wide range of movies that have caught the attention of Academy voters, including the lavish Mank, Netflix’s ode to the Golden Age of Hollywood, starring Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried.

Another strong contender is Minari, an indie drama about Korean immigrants scraping out a living off the land in rural America, written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung and starring Steven Yeun.

The eight films in the top category this year are The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

It is the first time that two female directors have ever been nominated in the Best Director category, with Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) both receiving nods. Only five women have ever been nominated in the category before.

An official spokesperson called this year’s event ‘an Oscars like none other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate.’

93RD ACADEMY AWARDS WINNERS

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung – Minari  

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Music (Original Score)

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul – WINNER

 

Best Animated Short Film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You – WINNER

Opera

Yes-People

 

Best Live Action Short Film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

 

Best International Feature Film

Another Round – WINNER

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Sound: Greyhound - a war film starring Tom Hanks - is up for the gong

Best Sound: Greyhound – a war film starring Tom Hanks – is up for the gong 

Best Sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal  – WINNER

 

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank – WINNER

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7  

 

Best Music (Original Song)

H.E.R. – Fight for You – Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Hear My Voice – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Husavik – Eurovision Song Contest

Io Si (Seen) – The Life Ahead

Speak Now – One Night in Miami…

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

 Best Director  

Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round

David Fincher – Mank

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland – WINNER

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Gary Oldman – Mank

Steven Yeun – Minari 

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami…

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

 

Best Animated Feature Film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul – WINNER

Wolfwalkers

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Costume Design

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Mank

Mulan

Pinnochio

 

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father – WINNER

Nomadland

One Night in Miami…

The White Tiger

 

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman – WINNER

Shaka King and Will Berson – Judas and the Black Messiah

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Darius Marder and Abraham Marder – Sound of Metal

 Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

 

Best Documentary Feature

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher – WINNER

Time

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Documentary Short Subject

Colette – WINNER

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

 

Best Film Editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal – WINNER

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank – WINNER

News of the World

Tenet

 

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet – WINNER

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Mank

Pinocchio

 

 

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