Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Getting an Oscar nomination is a great honor, but as Barkhad Abdi is learning, it doesn’t pay the bills.

The 28-year-old, who made his acting debut opposite Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips is reportedly struggling to get by, The New Yorker reports.

12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture Oscar

And the final award of the night went to 12 Years a Slave.

The gut-wrenching drama about Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and forced into slavery, defeated eight films to win Best Picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday.

It was up against American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street.


If Facebook Ruled the Oscars, Captain Phillips Would Win

Oscars Infographic: If the Best Picture Race Was a Great American Road Trip

The road to Oscar glory can be a long one, but it can also be a trip – maybe even a road trip.

This year’s pack of Best Picture nominees span multiple iconic locations across the United States, from the East Coast thrills of The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle to the West Coast melancholy of Her and beyond (Gravity). Follow along on the map above, as we trace the nominees’ onscreen locations and origins, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself experiencing some wanderlust.


Jeffrey Reynolds & Mark Kennedy Found Dead on Captain Phillips Ship

Two American security officers have been found dead on a ship made famous when it was hijacked by Somali pirates, according to a statement on Wednesday by Seychelles police.

Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44, were found dead Tuesday in a cabin on the Maersk Alabama, the ship hijacked by pirates in 2009, an event dramatized in the movie Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, according to a statement issued by police in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles.

Barkhad Abdi: Captain Phillips Oscar Nominee's Incredible Story

“Look at me. Look at me. I am the captain now.”

With that (incredibly, ad-libbed) line, Somali actor Barkhad Abdi, 28, launched his Captain Phillips character, the pirate Muse, into the pantheon of terrifyingly nuanced movie villains.

But more incredible than Abdi’s riveting performance (his first onscreen) is the actor’s story.

Abdi was born in Mogadishu, and was all of 6 years old when Somalia’s civil war broke out in 1991.

Tom Hanks Meets Fan, Proves He's the World's Nicest Man

What’s better than meeting your idol? Meeting your idol and finding out that he’s even nicer than you imagined he’d be.

That’s what happened back in March when Sarah Moretti got to meet Tom Hanks backstage at his Broadway show, Lucky Man.

In a series of three videos that are getting buzz this week, the Oscar winner was wonderfully sweet and friendly to his superfan, who has autism.

See This/Skip That: From Captain Phillips to All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Captain Phillips could put Tom Hanks in Oscar contention, but All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a sad retread of a slasher film.

PEOPLE’s critics weigh in on what to see and what to skip this weekend at the movies.

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Captain Phillips
Ostensibly about the real-life hijacking of an American freighter by Somali pirates in 2009, Captain Phillips is actually a smart, intriguing dialogue about two Americas: the carrot and the stick.

Tom Hanks: I Can't Gain Weight for Roles Anymore Due to Diabetes

Tom Hanks’s recently announced Type 2 diabetes may be controllable, but his choice of future roles could be another matter.

The eternally boyish double Oscar winner, who drastically dieted down for Philadelphia, Castaway and Forrest Gump, only to beef up for other movies, says he can no longer let his weight fluctuate to fit the part.

Tom Hanks Reveals Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis to David Letterman

As Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks famously declared, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” Only now it looks like he has to be extra-cautious about what sweets he pulls out of that box.

The affable two-time Oscar-winner, 57, revealed while appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman Monday night that he has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, although he called the condition “controllable.”