Daniel Kaluuya Makes Epic Acceptance Speech for Bafta Rising Star Award
By Bogere Stuart
British actor of Ugandan origin, Daniel Kaluuya has no doubt been waiting his whole life to win an award, but you wouldn’t know it from his winner’s speech. In the night’s most natural and heartwarming speech, the 28-year-old forgot his words and was given the dreaded countdown whilst collecting his Bafta Rising Star Award for his role in the movie “Get Out”, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
British actor of Ugandan origin, Daniel Kaluuya
The actor beat out competition from Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor and Tessa Thompson in the Rising Star Category, which is the only award voted for by the public.
‘I’ve gone blank,’ Daniel laughed. ‘Thank you, Tessa, Tim, Josh and Florence. I feel so privileged to be in you guys’ company.’ Then, as Daniel continued to list people he wanted to thank, he noticed the Bafta timer on countdown.
‘There’s a countdown – I wasn’t supposed to say that but I’ve said it now,’ Daniel said, before erupting into laughter, shouting: ‘We break all the rules!’ He also took the moment to thank British arts funding, and a sweet shout-out to his mum, who he stated was the reason he’s still working hard.
‘I am a product of arts funding in the UK,’ he said. ‘I want to thank people who support that, mainstream arts and grass roots levels. Thank you for letting me think different.’ ‘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.’
Previous winners of the award include Kristen Stewart, Will Poulter, Tom Holland, Jack O’Connell, Tom Hardy, Noel Clarke, Eva Green and James McAvoy.