“This guy didn’t travel across the pond to play. If you were worried about the next generation of stars? Psh. Look at this man!” the Star Wars actor said.
“So many will follow. Motivation overload!”
Several other British stars joined in sharing their delight at Kaluuya’s recognition, and the actor was filmed celebrating in his hotel room with friends including grime rapper Dave and Snowfall actor Damson Idris.
Actor, writer and director Noel Clarke wrote on Twitter: “Nothing to be said but congratulations. Correct me if I’m wrong, but is this the 1st ever black British male actor to win an Oscar?”
“Will mean so much to so many,” he added.
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Clarke, 45, was recently recognised for outstanding British contribution to cinema, and used his own acceptance speech to pay tribute to “my young black boys and girls out there who never believed that this could happen to them”.
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And rapper Ghetts, also from the capital, wrote: “Every time one of the man dem break barriers I feel energised, so to wake up to the news of Daniel Kaluuya winning an Oscar has got man spring stepping.”
Camden’s Torriano Primary School, which Kaluuya attended in the 1990s, tweeted that it was “incredibly proud”, adding: “What an inspiration for our children!”
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