BET Awards 2024: 7 Unforgettable Roles From 'Best Actor' Nominee LaKeith Stanfield

Tune into Culture’s biggest night when it returns on Sunday, June 30.

LaKeith Stanfield has swiftly emerged as one of his generation’s most dynamic and versatile actors. The 32-year-old’s ability to transform into his characters has demanded the attention of audiences and critics alike.

From philosophical introspection in Atlanta to intense drama in Judas and the Black Messiah, Stanfield proves he is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. Each of these roles showcases a different facet of his immense talent. This year, the Book of Clarence star is nominated for “Best Actor” at the upcoming BET Awards 2024. The actor faces a lineup of contenders, including Damson Idris, Donald Glover, Anthony Mackie, Colman Domingo, Idris Elba, and Denzel Washington. We’re revisiting some of Stanfield’s many onscreen sides across genres as we wait to see who wins the award. 

Check out the list below, and be sure to tune in when the ceremony airs on Sunday, June 30, at 8 pm. And don’t miss the return of the BET Experience, Presented by Walmart. Starting June 26, the week-long event will include star-studded performances, workshops, celebrity sightings, and much more. For BET Experience, Presented by Walmart tickets, click here.

  • Darius in “Atlanta”

    Stanfield’s portrayal of Darius, the eccentric and philosophical friend in Donald Glover’s critically acclaimed series, Atlanta, is nothing short of iconic. His character’s offbeat humor and profound observations add a unique flavor to the show, making Darius a fan favorite.

  • Nate Davis in “The Photograph”

    In this romantic drama, Stanfield shines as Nate Davis, a journalist who falls in love while uncovering a family secret. His chemistry with co-star Issa Rae and his ability to convey vulnerability and passion make this role a standout in his filmography.

  • Cassius Green in “Sorry to Bother You”

    In this satirical dark comedy, Stanfield plays Cassius Green, a telemarketer who discovers a magical key to professional success. His performance brilliantly navigates the film’s bizarre and surreal twists, showcasing his knack for blending comedy with social commentary.

  • William O’Neal in “Judas and the Black Messiah”

    Stanfield’s intense portrayal of William O’Neal, the FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party, earned him an Academy Award nomination. His ability to convey the inner turmoil and conflict of a man caught between two worlds is haunting and compelling.

  • Earl “Lakeith” Jenkins in “Uncut Gems”

    In the Safdie Brothers’ high-octane thriller, Stanfield portrays a street-savvy hustler entangled in the chaotic world of gambling and crime. His character's interactions with Adam Sandler’s Howard Ratner bring tension and authenticity to the film's gritty realism.

  • Marcus in “The Harder They Fall”

    In this stylish western, Stanfield plays Marcus, a member of an outlaw gang. His calm demeanor and sharp wit add an edge to the ensemble cast, allowing him to shine in a genre that blends action with character-driven storytelling.

  • Jimmie Lee Jackson in “Selma”

    Though his screen time is limited, Stanfield’s portrayal of civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson in Ava DuVernay’s Selma is poignant and impactful. His performance pays tribute to a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement and highlights his capacity for historical drama.

    Tune in to the BET Awards 2024 on Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET. 

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