Reporter Denies Mistaking Daniel Kaluuya for Leslie Odom Jr. in Controversial Oscars Gaffe

Margaret Gardiner, a journalist for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, generated controversy in the Oscars 2021 virtual press room after she seemingly mistook Daniel Kaluuya for Leslie Odom Jr.

Gardiner was in the press room covering the Oscars for the U.K.’s Sunday Times.

During Kaluuya’s press conference following his Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor, Gardiner asked him about working with Regina King.

Shaka King directed Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and Regina King directed Leslie Odom Jr.

in “One Night in Miami.” Both Kaluuya and Odom were nominated for Supporting Actor.“I want to congratulate you on this,” Gardiner told Kaluuya.

“I’ve been following you since the beginning of your career, and I was wondering what it meant for you to be directed by Regina [King], what this means for you at this time with the world in the state that it’s in.”Kaluuya responded by telling Gardiner,

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