Daniel Kaluuya Baffles Mom by Discussing His Parents' Sex During Best Supporting Actor Win at 2021 Oscars

Daniel Kaluuya's mom couldn't believe her ears during his Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech for playing Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah at the 2021 Oscars.

By Ryan Gajewski Apr 26, 2021 12:46 AMTags
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Daniel Kaluuya prevailed at the 2021 Oscars, but his mom didn't appear to love his speech.

The performer won Best Supporting Actor for his role as real-life activist Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah. The prize was presented by 2020 Best Supporting Actress winner Laura Dern

"Thank you so much for pouring into me," Daniel said about his mom during his acceptance speech. He went on to say, "It's so hard to make a film, and make a film about a man like this."

In thanking his co-stars, Daniel continued, "I share this honor with the gift that is Lakeith Stanfield, the light that is Dominique Fishback."

The Widows actor said about Fred, "What a man. How blessed we are that we lived in a lifetime where he existed."

But things got particularly eyebrow-raising when Daniel went on to mention his mom and dad having sex, and the camera showed his mom in the audience, who appeared baffled at what her son was saying. 

"It's incredible," the actor said. "My mom met my dad, they had sex, it's amazing. Do you know what I'm saying? I'm here, do you know what I mean? I'm so happy to be alive, so I'm going to celebrate that tonight."

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Also nominated were Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7), Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami...), Paul Raci (Sound of Metal) and Lakeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah). 

Shortly after Daniel's speech, Sacha referenced the odd moment in an Instagram shout-out to the winner. "Congrats to my fellow Brit @danielkaluuya for winning our acting category (I'm also glad your parents had sex)," the Borat star quipped. 

Daniel, who was a Best Actor nominee for 2017's Get Out, has been the key front-runner throughout awards season for his role as chairman of the Black Panther Party's Illinois chapter. 

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During his Golden Globes acceptance speech in February, Daniel said, "The great Nipsey Hussle says, 'We are here to give until we are empty,' and I gave everything. I couldn't give it to a more noble man—that's chairman Fred Hampton—and I hope generations after this can see how brilliantly he fought, how brilliantly he spoke and how brilliantly he loved. He taught me about myself, made me grow as a man, and I appreciate it with all my heart."

The star continued at the time, "And I hope people—there's a lot of information about how he died, but I hope you people out there will grow and learn about how incredibly he lived. Thank you so much for this honor."

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Brad Pitt was the 2020 winner in the category for his role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, providing his first-ever career Oscar.

For full coverage of the 2021 Oscars ceremony, click here. More information about the astonishing true story behind Judas can be read here.

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