Daniel Kaluuya Makes Epic Acceptance Speech for Bafta Rising Star Award

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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.

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