Daniel Kaluuya: “My mum is the reason why I started, the reason why I’m here”

The winner of the EE Rising Star award at the BAFTA awards last night was genuinely emotional and extremely surprised when he received the accolade.

BAFTA award winner Daniel

“Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya took home the Rising Star Award at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs which were held last night at the Royal Albert Hall in London, to honor the best national and foreign films of 2017

“My mum is the reason why I started, the reason why I’m here and the reason why I keep going,” he said as he accepted the award.

He went blank at one point during his speech, but speaking backstage also remembered to thank Top Boy’s Ashley Walters.

“I want to say to Ashley thanks for leading and inspiring me, he has made it all possible,” he said.

Kaluuya was inspired by seeing Walters on screen as he had come from a similar background.

He also said “levels” about 20 times during his speech, giving the Baftas a much-needed dose of London slang.

The big Bafta winner this year, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home five awards.

Sir Ridley Scott receives a Bafta Fellowship for his life time work.

Previous winners of the award include Tom Holland, Jack O’Connell, Will Poulter, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Noel Clarke, Eva Green and James McAvoy.

Daniel has also picked up Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his role as Chris Washington in the 2017 horror film “Get Out”.

He won the Best Actor award at the MTV Movie Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.

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