Despite the fact that British-born Ugandan actor Daniel Kaluuya has been in the film industry for quite some time, he has started winning some awards.
Kaluuya won the Rising Star accolade in this year’s British Academy Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs) that were held on Sunday night (February 18th) at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The 28 year old actor emerged winner after beating stiff competition from Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Josh O’Connor and Tessa Thompson in the tightly contested category, which was voted for by the public.
He dedicated his award to his mother who he says is behind his success. “Mum you’re the reason why I started, why I’m here, you’re the reason I keep going. This is yours. Love peace let’s get it.”
The emotional star praised his fellow Rising Star nominees and also thanked his acting mentors for letting him ‘think different.’
“I have gone blank. Thank you, Tessa, Tim, Josh and Florence. I feel so privileged to be in your guys’ company. I am a product of arts funding in the UK. I want to thank people who support that, mainstream arts and grass roots levels. Thank you for letting me think different. I wasn’t supposed to say that. We break all the rules.” Kaluuya added.
Kaluuya, however, lost the Best Actor award to Gary Oldman who took the award due to his role in Darkest Hour.