Daniel Kaluuya Interview Proves Why Black Press Deserves Better Access

Daniel Kaluuya arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Daniel Kaluuya arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

An English news presenter was left red faced on Sunday evening during a red carpet interview with Oscar hopeful Daniel Kaluuya at the 90th annual Academy Awards. The 29-year old Londoner narrowly lost out on the coveted Best Actor award for his leading role in the critically acclaimed Get Out, one of four nominations at the annual ceremony.

But he was clearly annoyed while speaking to Arts and Entertainment Correspondent Lucy Cotter outside the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles after she claimed the racial drama ‘ticked a lot of boxes and raised a lot of important things.’ Audibly annoyed, he told her: ‘We’re not boxes though! Articulating a black experience isn’t a box. It’s like, what we are articulating is our truth. We are human beings.’

To make matters worse, Lucy appeared to forget Kaluuya, who was born in London to Ugandan parents, is actually British during a pre-interview introduction – during which she wrongly assumed Gary Oldman was the only homegrown nominee. ‘Can’t wait to see the Get Out lot!’ she enthused to camera. ‘It’s a film everyone’s talking about, and Daniel Kaluuya. Obviously we’re hoping Gary Oldman will get the Best Actor award.’