Daniel Kaluuya has made history after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 2021 Oscars. The London-born actor is the first non-white Briton to win an acting Oscar in the show’s 93-year history. He landed the gong for playing Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah.He is only the sixth non-white actor to win the award. Denzel Washington was the first, for the filmGlory in 1990. Welsh-born actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, 83, also set a new record as the oldest Best Actor winner in Oscar history. He won for his performance in The Father.

In a wide-ranging, effervescent acceptance speech, Kaluuya started off by thanking God – “I can’t be here without your guidance and protection”, before acknowledging his mother (“you gave me your factory settings”) and offering his praise for the man he played, Fred Hampton: “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.”Kaluuya closed up by urging everyone to “celebrate life” before pointing out, to embarrassed laughter from his family: “Mum and dad, they had sex. It’s amazing! I’m here!”

It is Sir Anthony’s second Oscar, coming 29 years after he won Best Actor in 1992 for The Silence Of The Lambs.This is the longest gap between wins by any actor in this category in the history of the Academy Awards.Kaluuya, 32, a British actor who rose to international fame after his starring role in Jordan Peele’s Get Out, was favourite for the prize, having won in the same category at a slew of preceding awards, including the Golden Globes and the Baftas. Kaluuya has recently been making a name for himself in Hollywood.His first film role was in the 2006 BBC Films feature drama Shoot The Messenger, after which he joined the cast of Skins for the first two series and wrote two of the episodes.He made his stage debut at the Royal Court Theatre in Sucker Punch in 2010, which won him newcomer prizes, and in 2011 he landed a role in Black Mirror, in the Fifteen Million Merits episode, opposite Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay.He went on to appear in Welcome To The Punch, Kick-Ass 2 and Sicario.Since then he has become an international star, with roles in Marvel film Black Panther, Steve McQueen’s heist thriller Widows and drama Queen & Slim.

Author: Linda .R. Jones

London, UK



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