LaKeith Stanfield Was "Confused" By His Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nomination, And I Understand Why
The academy has a specific way of doing things.
The 2021 Oscar nominations are in, and one of them doesn’t make any sense at all.
LaKeith Stanfield was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah, even though he played the protagonist William O’Neal.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, he wrote, “I’m confused” about his Oscar nomination.
Although Warner Bros. campaigned for Stanfield to be nominated as Best Actor, he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination along with his supporting costar Daniel Kaluuya.
However, Stanfield said that he still feels happy that he was nominated at all. “First time an actor with a face tattoo was nominated lmaooo,” he wrote on Instagram.
As it turns out, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has the ability to choose which acting category an actor belongs in, even if the entertainer submitted their work for a different category.
It's important to note that actors are only nominated by other actors who belong to the academy. You can read more about it here.