Daniel Kaluuya took the first major Oscar of the 93rd Academy Awards, winning the Best Supporting Actor category for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah.
Kaluuya, who was previously nominated for an Oscar in his breakthrough role in Jordan Peele film Get Out, went through a range of emotions during his acceptance speech who shared his honour with co-star and fellow nominee LaKeith Stanfield.
Kaluuya, with his mother and sister in attendance, also paid tribute to Hampton, a man who was murdered during a police raid in 1969: “What a man,” he said. “What a man. How blessed we are we lived in a lifetime where he existed.”
“The legacy will continue, and people will continue to engage with the story and with the man. It’s a team effort. We did this together, and I share this with every member of the cat and crew.”
Adding: “How blessed we are that we lived in a lifetime where he existed…When they played divide and conquer, we say unite and ascend.”
Swapping between the serious and the comedic, Kaluuya called for those in attendance to keep fighting for equality. “There’s so much work to do, guys,” he said. “And that’s on everyone in this room. This ain’t no single man job. And I look to everyone, every single one of you. We’ve got work to do.”
After ensuring those in the room that he was going to enjoy his evening, Kaluuya produced a moment that will live long in his family history… but perhaps for all the wrong reasons: “I haven’t talked to my mom yet. I’m gonna avoid my phone for a bit. But she’ll be cool. She has a sense of humour.
“My mom and my dad…they had sex,” he said to his mother’s shock. “It’s amazing! I’m here!”
See the clips, below.