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Daniel Kaluuya Jokes About Parents’ Sex Life in Oscars 2021 Acceptance Speech

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Apr. 26 2021, Updated 9:04 a.m. ET

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Actor Daniel Kaluuya will forever be known for his Oscar win — and memorable acceptance speech. 

“I'd like to thank my mom. Thank you so much for pouring into me. You gave me everything, you gave me your factory settings so I could stand at my fullest height,” he said at Sunday night’s ceremony while taking home the Best Supporting Actor for his role as late Black Panther chairman Fred Hampson in in Judas and the Black Messiah.  

The star then thanked those near and dear to him “from London town to Kampala,” Uganda’s capital, where his dad comes from, before honoring Hampton, his family and the Black Panthers.

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“They showed me how to love myself, and with that love, they overflowed to the Black communities and to other communities,” he said. “They showed us that the power of union, the power of unity, that when they play divide and conquer, we play unite and ascend.”

Kaluuya, 32, reminded the Oscars audience that “there's so much work to do guys, and that's on everyone in this room.”


Kaluuya capped off his speech on a positive note that appeared to leave his mother looking confused and his sister with her head in her hands as they watched from England.

“We gotta celebrate, we gotta celebrate life,” he said. “We're breathing, we're walking. It's incredible. Like, my mom, my dad, they had sex — it's amazing! I'm here. I'm so happy to be alive and I'm gonna celebrate that tonight.”

The actor concluded: “Peace, love and onwards. We go again."

To take home the Academy Award, Kaluuya beat out Lakeith Stanfield for Judas and the Black Messiah, Leslie Odom Jr. for One Night in Miami, Sacha Baron Cohen for The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Paul Raci for Sound of Metal.

It was his second Oscar nomination and first win.



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