Oscar nominee profile: Leslie Odom Jr. (‘One Night in Miami’) is a double nominee for acting and songwriting

Oscar nominee profile: Leslie Odom Jr. (‘One Night in Miami’) is a double nominee for acting and songwriting
Leslie Odom Jr. gave one of the year’s most inspired performances as soul icon Sam Cooke in Regina King‘s directorial debut, “One Night in Miami.” The Amazon film concludes with Odom belting out a spine-tingling rendition of Cooke’s classic Civil Rights Movement anthem, “A Change is Gonna Come,” a tearful climax that puts the actor’s range of talents on full display. For his efforts, Odom has been nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Song.

This marks the first year the Grammy and Tony winner has contended at the Oscars. In Odom’s first race he faces off against fellow first-timers Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”) and Lakeith Stanfield (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) along with previous nominees Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”). Cohen contended for Best Adapted Screenplay for
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