2022 NAACP Image Awards: 5 Stunning Performances from ‘Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture’ Nominee Lakeith Stanfield

The actor made his feature debut in the dark comedy "Sorry to Bother You."

In just a short time frame, actor Lakeith Stanfield has shown viewers the kind of versatility not typically seen in a young acting career. He started in indie films like the 2013 drama Short Term 12. He’s since worked on major studio films like Straight Outta Compton and Knives Out. Though he’s usually unintentionally stealing the spotlight as a supporting actor, Stanfield made his actual leading debut in 2018 with the Black surrealist comedy.

Stanfield is nominated for two NAACP Image Awards at this year’s ceremony happening Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 8 p.m. Before we can celebrate Hollywood’s brightest stars, here’s a list of Stanfield’s five most stunning performances.

  • Demany – Uncut Gems

    The movie stars Adam Sandler as a New York City jeweler desperate to make a big score while juggling numerous crises in his life. Stanfield plays Demany, an assistant to Adam Sandler’s character, Howard.

  • Cassius Green – Sorry to Bother You

    Stanfield plays an Oakland-based telemarketer who finds a secret power that gives him ultimate success.  He even adopts a "white voice" to become a better salesman. However, his newfound success comes at a cost. The dry, dark comedy marks Stanfield’s first actual leading role.

  • William O’Neil – Judas and the Black Messiah

    The role of FBI informant William O’Neil tasked with infiltrating the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton landed the young actor several nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

  • Cherokee Bill – The Harder They Fall

    In his most recent role, Stanfield plays the role of outlaw Cherokee Bill in the Jeymes Samuel, directed Western The Harder They Fall.

  • Michael Black – The Photograph

    He may be highly admired on social media. However, in this Will Packer-directed movie, Stanfield got to play a true heartthrob for the first time in a feature film after being cast as a romantic lead alongside actress and producer Issa Rae.

    Watch the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 8/9c.

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