Margaret Gardiner says she didn’t mistake Daniel Kaluuya for Leslie Odom Jr
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Former Miss South Africa and former Miss Universe Margaret Gardiner landed in hot water at the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles for a question directed at Daniel Kaluuya during the press conference.
Kaluuya won the Oscar for best-supporting actor for his portrayal of Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah”.
Gardiner was covering the most important night in Hollywood, but her question to Kaluuya rubbed many people the wrong way.
In a clip that went viral, Gardiner initially asks the “Black Panther” star what it’s like being directed by Regina King.
However, Kaluuya didn’t star in the King directed movie “One Night In Miami”, which was “Hamilton” actor Leslie Odom Jr. who was nominated in the same category as Kaluuya.
After the actor asked her to repeat the question following what seemed to be “did that just happen“ reaction from Kaluuya, Gardiner rephrased her question, asking, ”I was wondering what it meant for you to win with the world at the state that’s it’s in at the moment”.
To which Kaluuya answered, “It’s amazing to have this honour and be appreciated in this way“.
Daniel Kaluuya responds to a journalist who mistook him for Leslie Odom Jr. at the #Oscars and asked him: “What was it like being directed by Regina [King]?”— Film Updates (@TheFilmUpdates) April 26, 2021
Odom Jr. was in #OneNightInMiami, directed by King. Kaluuya won for #JudasAndTheBlackMessiah. pic.twitter.com/CWLe0O9jZQ
Following this, Gardiner received backlash since many people claimed that she mixed up Odom Jr. with Kaluuya which is not the first time black actors have been mixed up by someone.
You’ve been following him throughout his career, but you don’t know which movie this man played in? Get out pls. https://t.co/xkg2MPTUN2— T 💫 (@Ntwenhle__) April 27, 2021
Live interviews are hard.— Amanda Parris (@amanda_parris) April 27, 2021
But they're not this hard.
The level of disrespect in his moment of glory...
And the abstract laziness of the question itself...
All of it is just tiresome and enraging. https://t.co/5dvb9Nppqy
One thing white South Africans will do is embarrass us 😭 https://t.co/7QtcxStD5M— BINWINNING (@BinweA) April 27, 2021
This is what I’m talking about.— CEEBEE !🎶 (@CriticalBard) April 27, 2021
The fact that she also specifically said she’d been “following him since the beginning” and STILL mistook him for Leslie is a whole ass problem.
BLACK 👏🏾 PEO 👏🏾 PLE 👏🏾 DON’T 👏🏾 ALL 👏🏾 THE 👏🏾 SAME ! https://t.co/5y3IABdTY1
Taking to Twitter, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) member posted: “#DanielKaluuya I did not mistake you for Leslie Odom jr. I'm sorry if it seemed that way. I had wanted to ask about Regina King not being nominated as a director for ’One Night in Miami’, and your win for ’Judas and the Black Messiah’ for the community at this time.”
She said: “There was a sound issue so I dropped the part about Regina King and restated my question. What does it mean for the community at this time? When I listened to the audio, I do understand, but there was no confusion.”
Reporter Margaret Gardiner swears she didn’t mistake Daniel Kaluuya for Leslie Odom Jr. at #Oscars: “I'm sorry you assume I can't tell these two talented men apart. I messed up my question. I won't be believed” https://t.co/l7DAO0zU84 pic.twitter.com/9eyKlWBptc— Dionne Grant (@DionneGrant) April 27, 2021
Since receiving backlash, Gardiner made her Twitter account private.