By Kampala Sun writer
Ugandan born British actor Daniel Kaluuya has won the BAFTA Rising star award for his stellar performance in critically acclaimed horror film Get Out.
28-year-old actor beat out stiff competition from Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor, Timothée Chalamet and Tessa Thompson in the EE-sponsored category, which was voted for by the public.
Daniel was presented with the award by 2015 Rising Star nominee Margot Robbie, who is nominated in this year’s Best Actress category for I, Tonya and Octavia Spencer, who received a nod in the Best Supporting Actress group for The Shape of Water.
The emotional star praised his fellow Rising Star nominees in his poignant speech as well as thanking his acting mentors and his family for letting him ‘think different.’
He said: ‘I’ve 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.’
‘Mum – you’re the reason why I started, why I’m here, you’re the reason I keep going. This is yours. Love peace lets get it.
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.