JOHN BOYEGA WINS RISING STAR AWARD AT BAFTAS 2016
by Ladun Ogidan
Beating more established stars like Dakota Johnson, Brie Larson, Bel Powley, and Taron Egerton, Nigerian actor John Boyega, took home the EE Rising Star Award at the 69th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAS) on February 14. The award was voted for by the public, placing Boyega with the likes of previous recipients like Will Poulter, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Noel Clarke, Eva Green and James McAvoy.
Sporting a suit by Armani to the event held at the Royal Opera House in London, the 23-year old Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor exclaimed, “I was in South West London just this morning buying some bread and now I’ve put on a tux and here I am!”
Boyega had his screen debut in the critically acclaimed BBC series, Becoming Human before playing the lead in cult sci-fi film, Attack the Block.
Unfortunately, the other African in the running British-Sierra Leonean actor, Idris Elba who was nominated for his supporting role in Beasts of No Nation did not emerge with the award for the Best Supporting Actor, which was snagged by Mark Rylance.
Earlier this year, Elba carted away 2 awards for his roles in detective drama Luther and as an African warlord in Beasts of No Nation at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.
July 16, 2019