OVER-excited winner Daniel Kaluuya was anticipating a telling-off from his mum — after thanking her and his dad for having sex.
The London-born star, 32, led the British victory charge at the LA ceremony but later regretted discussing his conception in his acceptance speech.
Thrilled Daniel, who won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah, said on stage: “My mum met my dad, they had sex. It’s amazing. I’m here! I’m so happy to be alive.”
His mother Damalie’s confused reaction was caught on camera. She was watching from the BFI Southbank in London, along with fellow nominees’ families and friends.
Daniel said later: “It just kind of came out of my mouth. My mum is probably going to text me some stuff, but here we are. I really should not have said that. F***. I think I’m going to avoid my phone for a bit. I think my mum’s not going to be very happy.”
He became the first black British actor to win an Oscar for his role as Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton.
Daniel celebrated by dining with rappers Drake, Giggs, Dave and Not3s in Beverly Hills.
His odds of playing James Bond have since been halved from 40/1 to 20/1 with bookies Ladbrokes.
Nomadland emerged as the big winner — landing Best Picture along with a clutch of other awards.
Its creator Chloe Zhao, 39, who trained at Brighton College, was named Best Director, while Frances McDormand, 63, took Best Actress.
She has now won that three times — taking her level with Daniel Day-Lewis, 63, for leading role gongs.
Only Katharine Hepburn, who died in 2003 aged 96, has won more, with four.
Chloe’s victory makes her only the second woman to win Best Director after Kathryn Bigelow landed it in 2010 for The Hurt Locker.
Speaking after the ceremony, Chloe revealed: “I have had a group dinner with Kathryn once and fan-girled big time. I would love to talk to her if you have her email.”
Nomadland eclipsed black and white movie Mank. Despite leading the nominations with ten nods, it only won Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.
The awards on Sunday night took place against the odds following a year where cinemas have mostly been closed.
A-listers agreed not to wear masks on screen in a bid to kickstart the entertainment industry after lockdown.
It was shifted from its usual Dolby Theatre home in LA and instead moved to the Union train station where there was more space. Winners were told there was no time limit to their speeches in the hope they would say something powerful. However that led to several people listing everyone in their team and family.
There was controversy when Glee actress Naya Rivera and Arrested Development’s Jessica Walter were omitted from the In Memoriam segment for stars who have died.
Glitz fell short
THE Oscars is usually the glitziest event in the showbiz calendar.
But the problem this year, despite a couple of worthy winners, was that it just did not work.
Tinseltown is about the biggest names gathering together, with DiCaprio throwing an after party, George Clooney sinking tequilas, and the odd splash of racy debauchery.
Without it, this year felt flat. The Oscars must be the lifestyle we all dream of. Here’s hoping next year will be twice as outrageous to make up for it.
- By Simon Boyle
It was also criticised for being too rushed and showing photographs rather than videos of screen legends including Christopher Plummer and Sir Sean Connery.
Other winners included Pixar film Soul, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score. My Octopus Teacher scooped Best Documentary – following its Baftas win in London earlier this month.
Tenet only won in the Best Visual Effects category, despite being one of the biggest box-office hits of the past year. Best Original Song was awarded to Fight For You by H.E.R. from the movie Judas and the Black Messiah.
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