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'Captain Phillips' actor Barkhad Abdi, of Minneapolis, gets SAG nomination

  • Blog Post by: Colin Covert
  • December 11, 2013 - 2:28 PM

Barkhad Abdi in "Captain Phillips" (Sony Pictures photo)

The Screen Actors Guild has honored Somali-born Minneapolis resident Barkhad Abdi, 28, with a nomination as best supporting actor for his work in the reality-based piracy drama “Captain Phillips.” 

The first-time actor’s costar, Tom Hanks, was also nominated in the lead actor category for his work in the film. 

Director Paul Greengrass picked Abdi from an open casting call in a Cedar Riverside community center, praising his ability to seem “menacing and [to] have a humanity too.” 

As a raider forced into piracy by desperate poverty, Abdi was alternately fierce and gentle, improvised the film’s unnerving key lines: “Look at me. Look at me. I’m the captain now.”

Abdi's rivals for the SAG award are Daniel Brühl, for "Rush;" Michael Fassbender, for "12 Years a Slave;" the late James Gandolfini, for "Enough Said" and Jared Leto, for "Dallas Buyers Club." The awards ceremony takes place Jan. 18. 

Hollywood oddsmakers consider Abdi a likely best supporting actor competitor when the Oscar nominations are announced. Jan. 16.

 

 

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