Daniel Kaluuya makes Oscar history as first non-white Brit to win for acting

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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.

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He is only the sixth non-white actor to win the award. Denzel Washington was the first, for the film Glory in 1990.

Yuh-Jung Youn, from left, winner of the award for best actress in a supporting role for
Yuh-Jung Youn, Daniel Kaluuya and Frances McDormand backstage at the Oscars. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)

The Crown star Emerald Fennell also had a history-making night.

Fennell – who plays Camilla Parker-Bowles in the Netflix drama – is the first British woman to win Best Original Screenplay since the category was established in its current form at the 1958 Oscars.

She picked up the award for Promising Young Woman, for which she also bagged a nomination for Best Director.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout photo provided by A.M.P.A.S., Emerald Fennell accepts the Writing (Original Screenplay) award for 'Promising Young Woman' onstage during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)
Emerald Fennell accepts the Best Original Screenplay award for Promising Young Woman onstage during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards. (Todd Wawrychuk/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)

Before 1958, the Oscars had separate categories for original screenplay and original story; during this era, British writer Muriel Box became the first ever woman to win Best Original Screenplay, for The Seventh Veil in 1946.

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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.

Actor Anthony Hopkins pretends to eat his Oscar Award backstage at the 64th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, on Monday, March 30, 1992.  Hopkins won Best Actor honors for his portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in
Anthony Hopkins pretends to eat his first Oscar backstage at the 64th Annual Academy Awards in 1992. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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, who first came to notice as Posh Kenneth in the British TV series Skins, has recently been making a name for himself in Hollywood.

Daniel Kaluuya and Jessica Brown Findlay in Black Mirror (Credit: C4)
Daniel Kaluuya and Jessica Brown Findlay in Black Mirror. (C4)

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.

Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (Credit: Universal)
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out. (Universal)

He went on to appear in Welcome To The Punch, Kick-Ass 2 and Sicario, but it was his role in Jordan Peele’s 2017 horror satire Get Out that launched him into the big time, landing him his first Oscar nomination.

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.

Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya in 'Queen & Slim'. (Credit: eOne)
Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya in Queen & Slim. (eOne)

But it was his role as the chairman of the Illinois Black Panther party that has brought him his first Academy Award.

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