The Academy Awards has listed its nominees for the upcoming 93rd Oscars due to take place on Sunday, April 25.
The awards, which have come under fire in recent years for their lack of diversity amongst nominees and winners, have again raised some eyebrows with this year’s Supporting Actor nominees, as two actors from the same film are nominated.
The nomination of both actors in the Supporting Actor category has left many puzzled as they believe Stanfield’s character of the FBI informant was the lead, with Kaluuya, the Black Panther Party member, in the supporting role.
In reply to The Academy’s tweet announcing the nomination, people directed their confusion and questioning.
@TheAcademy wait... what? soooo.... Judas and the Black Messiah doesn't have a leading actor????
Someone else highlighted how Warner Bros. Pictures, the company who released the film in the United States, campaigned for Stanfield to be nominated in the Best Actor category, with Kaluuya in the Supporting Actor category.