Barkhad Abdi Wins British Academy AwardBarkhad Abdi, the Somali immigrant who was a Twin Cities limo driver before playing a pirate in "Captain Phillips," won an award at the British Academy Awards over the weekend. Abdi was named best supporting actor, edging Michael Fassbender in "12 Years a Slave" and Bradley Cooper in "American Hustle."
Barkhad Abdi, Bill Pohlad Nominated For OscarsThe 86th annual Academy Award nominations for best motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
MN Actor Gets Golden Globe Nod For 'Phillips'A Somali actor from Minnesota who made his acting debut in the Tom Hanks' movie "Captain Phillips" has received a Golden Globes supporting actor nomination. Barkhad Abdi and three other amateur Somali actors from Minnesota portray pirates who hijack an American cargo ship.
Minn. To Host 'Captain Phillips' Red Carpet EventSome of the Minnesota Somali actors who made their debut in "Captain Phillips" will appear at a red-carpet screening of the movie in St. Paul.
Movie Blog: Tom Hanks Grounds 'Captain Phillips'There is a refrain, almost a mantra shared between the two leads in Paul Greengrass's (United 93) new docudrama Captain Phillips, which depicts the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, the first U.S. ship to have been seized by pirates in over two centuries.
MN Actors Bask In Glow Of 'Captain Phillips' PremiereWhen Barkhad Abdi and three other amateur Somali actors from Minnesota learned they had won major roles in a new Tom Hanks movie, they tore off their clothes and jumped into the Pacific Ocean.
Local Actor Talks About Role In 'Capt. Phillips'A newly discovered actor from Minneapolis is already getting some Oscar buzz, even though his movie hasn't opened in local theaters yet. Captain Phillips tells the true-life story about a band of Somali pirates who overtook an American cargo ship in 2009.
Rookie Mpls. Actor Now An Oscar Contender In 'Captain Phillips'A rookie actor from the Twin Cities -- who is relatively unknown right now -- is about to become very famous starting next week.