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EE British Academy Film Awards - Winners Room

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John Boyega’s star continued to soar yesterday when he beat fellow rising thespians Dakota Johnson and Brie Larson for the EE Rising Star award at the BAFTAs.

Boyega, highly praised for his breakout role in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, accepted the honor with a joyous smile.

“Guys, I haven’t been doing this for a long time, it’s a fluke,” he joked during his acceptance speech. “I’m gonna share this award with all the young dreamers who are determined, who are hard-working, who are quite frankly amazing. This is also for you. Blessings for your path and God bless.”

Watch the touching moment, below:

We first fell in love with Boyega when he clapped back at ignorant critics, who challenged his role as a Black stormtrooper and we’ve been checking for him ever since.

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