Africans at the 2014 Academy Awards (The Oscars)

The Oscars
The Oscars

I couldn’t help but notice the number of Africans or actors of African origin represented at this year’s Academy Awards.  So I decided to give you an overview, before Sunday March 2nd.  I think this is the most we have ever had Africans nominated in such key roles, and who could possibly win key awards.

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor

For starters, in the ‘Best actor’ category, our Nigerian-British brother Chiwetel Ejiofor has been nominated for his outstanding performance as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, for which he won a Golden Globe nomination, and a BAFTA award for best actor.  Ejiofor faces fierce competition against Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Christian Bale (American Hustle), and Bruce Dern (Nebraska) in the Best Actor category.  Whatever the outcome, I am extremely proud for this actor I have seen growing on screen since his first big appearance in the Steven Spielberg movie Amistad, to his great performance in Spike Lee‘s Inside Man playing alongside Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster.

Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi

In the ‘Best actor in a supporting role’ category, Somali-American actor Barkhad Abdi has been nominated for his performance in Captain Phillips, which is his first cinematic work.  His performance as a ship hijacker and pirate leader won him several nominations from the Screen Guild, and Golden Globe awards; he has also won a BAFTA award for best supporting actor for this performance.  We wish him the very best against Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club).

Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong’o

In the ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ category comes the stunning Kenyan Lupita Nyong’o nominated for her portrayal of Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.  A Yale graduate, and a Kenyan actress (in the Kenyan series Shuga) and producer (of a documentary on the albino population in Kenya), 12 Years a Slave is Lupita’s first American film debut, and has already garnered her a Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.  Lupita won the Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for this performance.  Imagine my joy when I will see a pure African beauty walk the red carpet on Sunday!  No matter the outcome, I am just so proud of this gorgeous sister who will face fierce competition from Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), and June Squibb (Nebraska) on Sunday.  I must admit that she just reminds of a pure Luo (or Massai) beauty when she wears her hair really short!


Other Africans represented are Egyptians director Jehane Noujaim and producer Karim Amer for the documentary The Square on the manifestations at Tahrir Square.  This film was released on Netflix, thereby giving Netflix its first Oscar nomination.

I am just extremely proud of our brothers and sisters who are raising the African flag high at this year’s academy awards.  Our prayers go with them, and we wish them the very best.  We, Africans, have actors and actresses worthy of the greatest cinematographic accolade in the world!!!

7 thoughts on “Africans at the 2014 Academy Awards (The Oscars)

  1. Hello ur Majesty…
    I could not agree with you more.
    I pray and hope all is well with you and yours.
    I did not get a chance to watch the award show, but I’ve read and heard about the winners and who all showed up and showed out.
    Loves my Peoples!!
    Cant’ stand the indignant ones!!
    As humbly spoken, have a great weekend lovely.


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  3. I didn’t follow movies that much even thought I rarely ever watch mainstream films, but it was cool how they all got nominated.

    Chiwetel Ejiofor: I didn’t know he was in Amistad! Looks like I’ll have to re-watch that. I agree with Inside Man being a good movie and a good performance with him. He was also really good in the movie Talk to Me with Don Cheadle. I just wish that he would just stay away from Disney and I’ll leave it at that (I’m not just talking about him being the voice of Claw’s clone).

    Barkhad Abdi: I have never heard of this actor, but I’ll definitely check out some of his works. Good for him on that nomination.

    Lupita Nyong’o: She’s certainly a very talented actress. While I’m not a fan of her choice in movies to be in (okay, I did see Black Panther, but that’s not her best movie), she certainly does a good job in whatever role she plays.


      1. Thanks. Chiwetel Ejiofor is a talented actor who has played great roles in multiple movies (Talk to Me was such an underrated movie with him in a major role), but he needs to keep his distance from Mickey Mouse. It doesn’t help that he’s going to be in that Maleficent sequel coming out this year and there are rumors that he might be considered to be Triton in The Little Mermaid live-action remake. SMH.

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that way about Lupita’s recent filmography. It would be good if she was in some African movies or collaborated with better directors.


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