Daniel Kaluuya reveals what he said to his mum after Oscar speech

The Londoner scooped the award in 2021 for ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

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Daniel Kaluuya has spoken about his unforgettable Oscars acceptance speech that saw him thank his parents for having sex.

The actor won the Best Supporting Actor gong at 2021’s Academy Awards for his role of Black Panther activist Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah

During his acceptance speech the Camden-raised Get Out star paid tribute to Hampton and the Black Panthers, before giving an unexpected shoutout to his parents, telling the audience ‘My mum and dad… they had sex – and now I’m here!’ with cameras panning to the audience to show his mother and sister cringing in shock.

Watch the moment unfold in the video below.

While promoting his new horror movie Nope on the The Daily Show, Kaluuya was asked by host Trevor Noah about the hilarious moment in his otherwise profound and powerful speech.

‘Before I let you go, there's one question I've been dying to ask you, and this is from the Oscars,’ Noah said. ‘In your [acceptance] speech, you said: “I want to thank my mom and dad for having sex.”’

‘They cut to her, and your mom is an African mom… she was like, “Did this guy just say I have sex on TV?”’

Kaluuya said he defended his actions by teasing her that he had ‘got your personality’ before telling how he FaceTimed her straight afterwards to tell her he was only joking, describing himself as a ‘renegade’.

Read our review of Nope, Daniel Kaluuya’s latest horror film.

It’s official: Daniel Kaluuya is not returning for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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