British actor of Ugandan origin Daniel Kaluuya has won the BAFTA for rising star for his performance in the horror film Get Out.
Kaluuya, 28 beat out stiff competition from Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor, Timothée Chalamet and Tessa Thompson in the category, which was voted for by the movie loving public.
Accepting the award, Kaluuya praised his fellow rising star nominees and thanked his acting mentors and his family for letting him ‘think different.’
Kaluuya said: “I’ve gone blank. Thank you, Tessa, Tim, Josh and Florence. I feel so privileged to be in your company. I am a product of arts funding in the UK. I want to thank people who support that. Thank you for letting me think different. I wasn’t supposed to say that. We break all the rules.”
He also paid tribute to his mother saying: “Mum – you’re the reason why I started, why I’m here, you’re the reason I keep going. This is yours. “