Black actors don’t get loads of movie offers after they are nominated (or win) Academy Awards, it just doesn’t work that way…
“Captain Phillips” actor Barkhad Abdi, who was nominated for “Best Supporting Actor” at the 2014 Academy Awards (he lost to Jared Leto), is allegedly broke…which comes as no surprise to industry insiders. The Somalian actor was paid $65,000 for his break-out role in “Captain Phillips” (an alleged standard for new actors)–a small piece of the “Captain Phillips” pie that went on to gross $210 million worldwide.
According to the New Yorker, “When Abdi is in Los Angeles to promote the film, he subsists on a per diem, good at the Beverly Hilton, where the studio likes to put him up. The town car is available only for official publicity events. His clothes are loaners. Recently Abdi requested that he be allowed to stay at a commuter hotel near LAX to be closer to his friend, a Somali cabdriver from Minneapolis, who shuttles him around for free.”
Prior to making his big debut, Abdi was directing music videos and driving limousines for his brother’s company in Minneapolis.
Though Abdi has been cast in the forthcoming film “The Place That Hits the Sun,” his rags to rags story is all too common in Hollywood. While White Oscar nominees and winners walk straight out the Hollywood & Highland Center (or whichever venue the Academy Awards take place that year) and onto the set of another film that has great odds of being an Oscar contender next year. “Best Supporting Actress” winner Lupita Nyong’o’s is an extra in Liam Neeson’s latest film “Non-Stop.” Monique hosted the “Love & Hip Hop” reunion after winning “Best Actress” for her role in “Precious.”
Blacks are not equal in the Hollywood machine therefore, it’s no surprise that Abdi is broke.
1. 86th Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon
The 86th Academy Awards nominee luncheon took place at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and everyone from Oscar contenders to Hollywood's A-list attended the prestigious ceremony. Pharell, who is nominated for "Best Song" for "Happy" donned another of his eye-catching hats while "Best Actress In A Supporting Role" Lupita N'yongo went for a fresh-faced look. Check out the best pics from the evening...
2. Lupita Nyong'o & Barkhad Abdi
"Best Actress In A Supporting Role" nominee Lupita Nyong'o and "Best Actor In A Supporting Role" nominee Barkhad Abdi posed together, flashing cheeky smiles in a photo at the luncheon.
3. Pharrell's Hat
Pharrell's hat deserves its own slide in our gallery. After stealing the show at the 2014 Grammy Awards, Pharell copped another head piece in grey and completed his ensemble with the ostentatious number.
4. Lupita N'yongo
Lupita, who currently graces the cover of New York Magazine, brought her bright smile and sun-kissed skin to the festivities. She's so gorg, we just want to be her friend!
5. Pharrell & Sandra Bullock
Even "Best Actrss" nominee Sandra Bullock couldn't stop gazing at Pharell's hat!
6. Matthew McConaughey
We love a dapper man! "Best Actor In A Leading Role" nominee Matthew McConaughey stepped out in this stylish suit.
7. Meryl Streep
All hail the queen! Meryl Streep, who is up for "Best Actress In A Leading Role" (as always) attended the luncheon in this simple floral dress.
One more time for Pharrell's hat!
9. Cate Blanchett
"Best Actress In A Leading Role" nominee Cate Blanchett was serving on the red carpet in this fabulous tin foil colored dress. We live!
10. Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen's film "12 Years A Slave" is up for seven nominations at the 2014 Academy Awards include "Best Film" and "Best Director." McQueen kept it simple and chic for the star-studded soiree.
11. Steve McQueen & Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Steve McQueen posed with Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.