Reporter denies mistaking Daniel Kaluuya for Leslie Odom Jr.

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Daniel Kaluuya shouldn’t be Leslie Odom Jr. And Hollywood Overseas Press Assn. journalist Margaret Gardiner says she is aware of that, regardless of showing to confuse the 2 Black actors through the Oscars’ backstage Q&A Sunday night time. However she’s already bracing for nobody to consider her.

“#DanielKaluuya I didn’t mistake you for Leslie Odom Jnr. I’m sorry if it appeared that manner,” she tweeted Monday morning. “I had wished to ask about Regina King not being nominated as a director for One Evening in Miami, and your win for Judas and the Black Messiah for the group right now.”

That’s not what it gave the impression of in a video shot Sunday night time, embedded above. The query comes on the 4:28 mark, and reporters have been all current just about fairly than in particular person.

Through e-mail Monday, Gardiner instructed the Los Angeles Instances she was masking the Oscars for the Sunday Instances of South Africa, although she linked to the U.Ok.’s Sunday Instances Journal in an Instagram publish from the occasion.

“I wish to congratulate you on this,” Gardiner, a South African journalist and former Miss Universe, mentioned to Kaluuya. “I’ve been following you for the reason that starting of your profession, and I used to be questioning what it meant so that you can be directed by Regina [King], what this implies for you right now with the world within the state that it’s in.”

“Say that query once more, please,” requested Kaluuya, who had simply gained the supporting actor Oscar for his work in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The sound was going out and in through the session, so it wasn’t clear if he merely didn’t hear her, or if he was confused by the reference to the director of “One Evening in Miami…,” which starred supporting actor nominee Odom Jr. (who was additionally up for authentic tune).

Gardiner then restated a model of her query that didn’t point out King, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for director final month however wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. The British actor gave a fairly generic reply, which Gardiner mentioned confused her within the second.

“I used to be type of shocked that he didn’t welcome a chance” to debate the present temper in Hollywood, the HFPA member instructed The Instances in a cellphone interview Monday.

Gardiner, who was unaware on the time of a tempest brewing on Twitter in regards to the scenario, famous that Odom Jr. “was in gold” Sunday night time. (She’s additionally the style editor for the HFPA’s web site,

She mentioned her intention was to ask Kaluuya, who additionally gained a Golden Globe for the “Black Messiah” position, what he considered King as a director and about her not being nominated for an Oscar. However after the actor couldn’t hear her query, she altered it in order to not carry her Globes ideas into the Oscars dialog.

“I had wished to ask him about successful at this second … It’s a zeitgeist second of individuals lastly recognizing the inequalities of organizations,” she mentioned.

“After I mentioned it, it got here out that he couldn’t hear me,” Gardiner added, a couple of moments earlier than excusing herself from the interview with The Instances to go deal with the scenario on social media.

She tweeted her response quickly afterward, then added in a later tweet, “After I [listened] to the audio, I do perceive, however there was no confusion.”

“I’m sorry you assume I can’t inform these two proficient males aside,” Gardiner tweeted in reply to a critic who mentioned her “faux meant query is simply as offensive.”

“I tousled my query,” Gardiner added. “I gained’t be believed. I apologize to Daniel, the belief displays the very world I wished to ask about. I can not defend this. I apologize.”

Gardiner’s affiliation with the HFPA, which produces the Golden Globes yearly, comes at an ungainly time for the group following a current Los Angeles Instances investigation that discovered allegations of moral lapses and self-dealing in addition to no Black voters amongst its ranks. The HFPA additionally opted out of hiring a range advisor final summer time, as was proposed by late former President Lorenzo Soria after the demise of George Floyd.

By interviews with greater than 50 folks — together with studio publicists, leisure executives and 7 present and former members — in addition to court docket filings and inner monetary paperwork and communications, The Instances painted an image of an embattled group nonetheless struggling to shake its popularity as a bunch whose awards or nominations will be influenced by costly junkets and publicity swag.

Helen Hoehne, HFPA vice chairman, addressed the controversy through the Golden Globes ceremony in February. “Tonight, whereas we rejoice the work of artists from across the globe, we acknowledge we’ve our personal work to do,” she mentioned. “Similar to in movie and tv, illustration is important. We will need to have Black journalists in our group.”

Comparatively few HFPA members work full time for main abroad shops, and another reporters who have been masking the Oscars on Sunday have been upset that Gardiner’s query acquired via whereas they have been shut out.

“Yoooooo I used to be [multiple queasy-face emojis] throughout this particularly since I raised my hand however misplaced an area to this particular person. So… yeah,” tweeted Tonja Renée Stidhum, an leisure reporter for the Root, a web site whose slogan is, “The Blacker the Content material the Sweeter the Reality.”

Instances workers writers Anousha Sakoui, Stacy Perman and Josh Rottenberg contributed to this report.

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