Oscar Actors: Stanfield, Lakeith (Nominee)–Background, Career Awards

LaKeith Lee Stanfield (born August 12, 1991) is an American actor and musician. He made his feature debut in Short Term 12 (2013), for which he was nominated for Independent Spirit Award.

He received further recognition for his roles in the films Selma (2014), Straight Outta Compton (2015), Crown Heights (2017), Sorry to Bother You (2018), and Judas and the Black Messiah (2021), the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination.

Stanfield has also appeared in the films Dope (2015), Get Out (2017), Uncut Gems (2019), Knives Out (2019), and The Photograph (2020), and starred in the series Atlanta (2016–present), for which he won Black Reel Award for Television.

He has been nominated for a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, a Gotham Award, two Satellite Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Black Reel Awards.

LaKeith Lee Stanfield was born in San Bernardino, California, on August 12, 1991, and grew up in Riverside and Victorville. His mother’s name is Karen. He has said that he “grew up very poor in fractured family that was dysfunctional on both sides.”

He decided to become an actor when he was 14, after joining his high school’s drama club.

He attended the John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center in Los Angeles, where he was signed by an agency and began auditioning for commercials.

Stanfield’s first role was in the short “Short Term 12,” Destin Daniel Cretton’s thesis project at San Diego State University, which won Jury Award for U.S. Short Filmmaking at the 2009 Sundance Film Fest.

A year later, he appeared in the short “Gimme Grace” (2010). While keeping his dreams of acting alive, he went on to work a number of different jobs such as roofing and gardening, and jobs at AT&T and legal marijuana dispensary, before being contacted by Cretton to reappear in a feature of Short Term 12. It was his first feature film role. During production, Stanfield practiced method acting, distancing himself from the cast members like his character.

He was the only actor to appear in both the short and feature versions. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 South by Southwest Fest, and Stanfield was nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2014, Stanfield co-starred in The Purge: Anarchy and Selma, in the latter playing civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. In 2015, he appeared in the films Memoria and Miles Ahead. He also starred in the fantasy horror thriller film King Ripple by filmmaker Luke Jaden, and appeared in the music video for the Run the Jewels song “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)”.

In 2015, he portrayed rapper Snoop Dogg in the biopic Straight Outta Compton.

In 2017, he played L in Adam Wingard’s adaptation of the popular Japanese fantasy-thriller manga series Death Note, for Netflix. Also that year, he starred in the music video for the song “Cold Little Heart” by English singer Michael Kiwanuka, and appeared in the critically acclaimed horror film Get Out. In 2018, he starred in the critically acclaimed dark comedy, Sorry to Bother You.

In 2019, Stanfield starred as Nate Davis in the Netflix romantic comedy Someone Great.

In 2019, Stanfield played Lieutenant Elliot in the mystery film Knives Out. He played starring roles in The Photograph (2020) and Judas and the Black Messiah (2021). His portrayal of FBI informant William O’Neal in the latter garnered him a nomination for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Stanfield performs under the stage name, “Htiekal” and is currently working on his debut album, Self Control. He is a member of a band named Moors.

Stanfield has been in relationship with actress Xosha Roquemore since 2015. They have a daughter born in June 2017. He lives in the Hollywood Hills.