Bukky Bakray and her family had the purest reaction to her big win at the Baftas on Sunday night.
The actress, tuning in from home, was named as this year’s winner of the EE Rising Star award for her standout performance in Rocks.
Clearly stunned at hearing her name read out Bukky went wide-eyed in shock as her family could be heard celebrating in the same room.
She was then hugged by her family members, including her mum who looked equally over-the-moon.
Bukky thanked her fellow EE Rising Star nominees as well as her Rocks ‘family’ and her mum and siblings.
She said: ‘Thank you god, thank you to my mum, my brothers, thank you to the rocks family, I’ve never met women like you in my life.’
Bukky Bakray won the award for EE Rising star at the 2021 Baftas (Picture: EPA)
Bukky with Rocks director Sarah Gavron (Picture: Altitude Films)
To the other actors in the category she said: ‘Thank you for taking up space with me.’
The star also paid tribute to the rapper DMX – who died on Friday after suffering a heart attack – and those who died during the pandemic, adding: ‘Sleep well to everyone who died this year and last, and went to bed infinitely. It is the love and light you left on this earth that is holding us all here today.
‘To the nominees I have to show my love, I love you so deep.’
The awards took place in London with all the nominees attending virtually.
Baftas 2021 winners
Best animated film
Best adapted screenplay
Sound of Metal
Best film not in the English language
Best supporting actress
Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)
Best original screenplay
Promising Young Woman
Best supporting actor
Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)
Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Remi Weeks (His House)
My Octopus Teacher
Outstanding British film
Promising Young Woman
EE Rising Star
Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)
Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Father)
Hosts Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary were at the venue in person and were joined by a small number of celebrity presenters both in the UK and in Los Angeles.
Other big winners on the night included Emerald Fennell for her film Promising Young Woman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, who won best actor for The Father, Daniel Kaluuya, who bagged best supporting actor for Judas and the Black Messiah, and director Chloe Zhao who won best director and best film for Nomadland.
She is only the second woman ever to win the best director Bafta.
Credit: Original article published here.