Last night the 2021 edition of the Oscars took place and the UK’s very own Daniel Kaluuya scooped up a big award!
The prestigious event took place at Los Angeles’ Union Station and during the night, it was announced Camden-raised Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Judas & The Black Messiah where he plays American activist and Black Panther member, Fred Hampton, who was assassinated at 21 in 1969.
During his acceptance speech he thanked God; “I can’t be here without your guidance and protection”, acknowledged his mother with “you gave me your factory settings”, and honoured Fred Hampton by saying: “What a man, how blessed we are that we lived in a lifetime where he existed… When they played divide and conquer, we say unite and ascend.”
He added: “Thank you so much for showing me myself, and there’s so much work to do. That’s on everyone in this room. This ain’t no single man job. I look at every single one of you. We’ve got work to do.”
He also showed his appreciation for life with a hilarious comment that embarrassed his mother who was sat in the audience.
“Mum and dad, they had sex,” he said. “It’s amazing! I’m here!”
The award is the first ever Oscar for Kaluuya who has been making huge waves in Hollywood in recent years with his roles in Get Out, Black Panther, Widows and more.
His next project is a feature film based on children’s TV show Barney & Friends. Kaluuya will produce the film and has said it will “surprise audiences and subvert expectations”.