He’s gonna be in trouble.
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Parents often embarrass their kids, but during Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, the order of things got reversed. Daniel Kaluuya won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role as Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah, and his acceptance speech detoured into a place his mom couldn’t have imagined.
“My mum met my dad, they had sex, it’s amazing,” Kaluuya said, as his mom, Damalie Namusoke, contorted her face in … horror? Confusion? Embarrassment? “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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The actor’s mom’s was sitting in the live audience, which was smaller than usual due to coronavirus safety precautions. Images of her perplexed face — and of his sister hiding her own face in her hands — began to make their way around social media.
“Incredible that we get to see the real-time reaction from Daniel Kaluuya’s mother as he talks about his parents having sex,” quipped author and journalist Dave Itzkoff.
CNET’s Nicole Archer tweeted, “If your Oscars speech doesn’t inspire this reaction from your mum and sister I don’t want it.”
This was the first time a mother was wondering why the hell the orchestra didn’t play her child off.
— Death To Smoochy (@lifetosmoochy) April 26, 2021
It’s like he went up there with the intention of turning his mom into a meme 😆
— JaD (@JaDversary) April 26, 2021
That’s every mom in that situation.
— Gabriel Martinez (@gabrielmartinez) April 26, 2021
Daniel Kaluuya before the speech: “This will be the most important speech of my life”
Daniel Kaluuya during the speech: “My mom, my dad, they had sex…”#Oscars
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 26, 2021
Kaluuya addressed his oversharing in a post-award interview shared by the Academy. According to a tweet, the Oscar winner said, “I haven’t talked to my mom yet. I’m gonna avoid my phone for a bit. But she’ll be cool. She has a sense of humor.” He also added that it’s “pretty obvious that all our parents had sex.”
Daniel Kaluuya: “I haven’t talked to my mom yet. I’m gonna avoid my phone for a bit. But she’ll be cool. She has a sense of humor.”
— OscarInterviews (@OscarInterviews) April 26, 2021
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