- Associated Press - Saturday, March 1, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Somali actor from Minnesota is up for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar Sunday night for his screen debut in “Captain Philips.”

Barkhad Abdi (BAHRK’-hahd AHB’-dee) plays the ringleader of a band of Somali pirates who hijacked an American cargo ship off the Horn of Africa in 2009. Tom Hanks stars as the ship’s captain who is taken hostage by the pirates.

Abdi won the supporting actor prize at the British Academy Film Awards in February. He also was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award.

At the Academy Awards he’ll go up against Bradley Cooper, nominated for “American Hustle; Michael Fassbender for “12 Years a Slave,” Jonah Hill for “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Jared Leto (LEH’-toh) for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

___

Online:

https://www.oscars.org

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide