Oyelowo, who was nominated for a Golden Globe
, further commented that he thought Denzel Washington deserved to win an Oscar
when he was nominated in 1992 for his role as Malcom X. He also noted that Sidney Poitier didn't get nominated for his iconic performance as authoritative figure Virgil Tibbs in the 1967 film In The Heat of the Night.
Instead, the legendary actor won for Lillies of the Field
where he played an itinerant handyman who builds a church for a group of nuns.