"I feel so privileged to be in your guys’ company."
Daniel Kaluuya has been praised for the inspiring speech he delivered as he collected his EE Rising Star award at the BAFTAs last night.
As the 28-year-old Get Out star collected the gong, he explained how his success was a direct result of arts funding, before dedicating the victory to his mum.
The actor defeated competition from Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor and Tessa Thompson to collect the prize, which is the only award voted for by the public.
“I’ve gone blank”, he laughed as he accepted the award.
“Thank you, Tessa, Tim, Josh and Florence. I feel so privileged to be in your guys’ company.”
After noticing that his countdown timer was fast reaching its end, he then took the chance to offer a wholesome shout out to his mum.
“I am a product of arts funding in the UK,’ he offered.
“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 lets get it.”
The prestigious award has been previously been won by a slew of prominent stars including Tom Hardy, James McAvoy and Will Poulter.