At tonight’s ceremony, the Oscar-winning star scooped the prize for his directorial debut The Kitchen, beating the likes of Vivian Oparah for Rye Lane, Cillian Murphy for Oppenheimer, Harris Dickinson for Scrapper and Emerald Fennell for Saltburn.
Picking up the award from broadcaster and presenter Claro Amfo, Kaluuya reflected on returning to the Roundhouse, a place he once took an acting class in his youth.
“The breakthrough moment was when we stopped wanting to be great and wanted to be honest. It just opened the doors to what was possible. And also we wanted to have a good time.”
He added: “We wanted to make something exciting for London, for Britain and the world.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone UK for one of three awards covers, Daniel Kaluuya of his directorial styles: “I like bringing people together and helping people communicate. I’m sensitive, so I can understand when someone’s off. I’m very trusting in my team — I want them to show me shit I don’t know. Also, I like having a laugh. People make their best work when they’re happy.”
The first Rolling Stone UK Awards kicked off earlier tonight with a performance from The Last Dinner Party, who stunned attendees with a powerful rendition of ‘My Lady Of Mercy’.
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