Daniel Kaluuya’s profession from Get Out to Oscar Profitable to Retirement Plans
A look back at Daniel Kaluuya’s path to an Oscar (Images: Getty / Warner Bros./Universal Pictures)
Daniel Kaluuya’s journey to the 2021 Oscars was long, yet fruitful.
The 32-year-old actor made history as the first black British star to win Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards last night, receiving the award for his role as Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.
Aside from nasty sex jokes, Daniel used his speech as an opportunity to pay tribute to Hampton’s work as a civil rights activist in the Black Panther movement.
However, given his historic victory, it is only right that we consider Daniel’s own achievements over the years – including his humble beginnings.
Daniel Kaluuya in Skins
Those in their late twenties and early thirties will likely remember being introduced to Daniel as Posh Kenneth in the British teen drama Skins.
Posh Kenneth was a supporting character known as Anwar’s best friend, played by another famous Briton – Dev Patel. Unless he put a faux well-spoken accent, hip-hop fan Posh Kenneth was partially interested in spitting a rhyme or two when he felt inspired.
He is the first black Briton to win Best Supporting Actor (Pictures: Getty / Warner Bros./Universal Pictures)
Off-screen, Posh Kenneth’s talents went beyond acting when Daniel actually wrote two episodes in the first two series.
From there he landed roles in TV shows and films such as Doctor Who, Black Mirror, Johnny English Reborn alongside Rowan Atkinson, and Blockbuster Sicario alongside Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro.
Out and first Oscar fame
Then, in 2017, Hollywood called and Daniel took on his breakout role – Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele.
Nobody knew exactly what to expect from the mind-boggling horror when the trailer fell, but we certainly got more than we expected when Get Out seamlessly tackled social issues like racism while reworking the horror and making a whole new one Subgenre of wake-up thrills.
It couldn’t have worked without Daniel, who served us with an unobtrusive yet effective performance as the relaxed yet tortured Chris Washington.
Daniel became known as Posh Kenneth in Skins (Image: E4)
For his role in Get Out (Image: Moviestore / Rex) he received a nomination for best actor.
His performance earned him an Oscar nomination for best actor and of course Daniel was as humble as ever.
“I’m very glad people are feeling it,” he said of Popcorn with Peter Travers.
‘These nominations are incredible. As a person, you want to be recognized by your peers for what you do. It is a great feeling. It’s nice that this happens, especially with people I respect. ‘
Daniel didn’t win the Oscar then, but as we now know, he finally won his Oscar later.
In his stellar career, he’s teamed up with the likes of Rowan Atkinson (Image: Future Films / Kobal / Rex).
Daniel won his Oscar for Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah (Image: AP)
He later joined the star-studded cast of Marvel’s Black Panther, starring alongside the late, great Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett and Lupita Nyong’o, and in Violows alongside Viola Davis and Liam Neeson.
In 2019, Daniel took the lead alongside Jodie Turner-Smith on Bonnie & Clyde-inspired Queen & Slim, before eventually winning his well-deserved Oscar for Judas and the Black Messiah.
When will Daniel Kaluuya retire?
It may seem like Daniel just made his step with winning the Oscar, but enjoy his on-screen talents while you can as he may well be stepping back in the next few years.
Pointing out his retirement plans, Daniel said during a BFI panel last month, “I don’t see myself as an actor for very long.
“In terms of directing, I can see that this is the way to go. I think he’s going in that direction. I just don’t sweat like that, it’s time.
“I can see that it all leads to it. I don’t see myself as an actor for very long, if I’m honest.”
He continued, “I’ve only been doing it since such a young age and I feel like it’s essentially 20 years when I’m 36. That’s a long time. A long time to do something and you have to challenge yourself and move on as a creative. That’s all.
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“I don’t think I’ll ever go away forever. I care about the quality of my work and there is not always this level of quality. This is just life. So why should I compromise the quality that I love just to do that? When I’ve worked so hard to be able to do that. It’s just different intentions.
“At this moment, I just feel that way.”
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