British actor, Idris Elba, has joined the list of actors who are seemingly not interested in the highly coveted Academy awards, Oscars, even though it has been widely touted that he could get an Oscar nod for his role in the movie, Beast of No Nation.
In an interview with Huffington Post, the actor revealed that he doesn’t really care about an Oscar, while stating that an award doesn’t define him or the movie:
If I’m honest, at the risk of sounding ‘Uhhh, he don’t really care,’ I actually don’t. We don’t start off making films at all with the idea we might get an award. It’s great that it might be celebrated, but it doesn’t actually define me or the film. It’s great that Oscars may be happening for us, but I haven’t really sort of planned for it. Maybe it comes, maybe it doesn’t.”
Idris Elba joins the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Nigerian actress, Genevieve Nnaji, who have stated that their careers are not defined by the Academy awards. This seems to be a response to the fact the Academy awards tends to ignore black actors even when they do exceptional well.
Wurafacts: The American war drama film, Beasts of No Nation, is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala, the son of Nigeria’s former minister of finance, Okonjo Iweala
Moving forward, Idris Elba explained that he relishes the idea of taking up different characters so has to avoid the danger of being stereotyped and challenge himself:
“I suspect I try to sort of take the view that I won’t do anything twice, I don’t want to do another Stringer Bell or another Luther. For me, it makes it a more varied career when I look back and they’re all very different. I think it’s just more challenging for me to try and do roles that really stretch me.”
On the other hand, the movie, Beasts of No Nation, tells the story of young boy in a West African country who is forced to join mercenaries when a civil war tears his family apart and militants kill his father. The movie also stars Ghanaian actress Abraham Attah and Ama K. Abebrese alongside Grace Nortey, David Dontoh, and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe.