John Boyega defies racism to earn BAFTA nomination


After having to endure an onslaught of obtuse and blatant racism following the release of the trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, John Boyega (Finn) has now well and truly been recognised for his integral role in the film.

The ‘Star Wars’ actor has been nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Prize alongside ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ star Dakota Johnson, it is the only award that is to be decided by public vote.

The 23-year-old Peckham born actor has had a relatively immediate rise to the top, one of his earliest TV appearances was in the series ‘Becoming Human’ and in 2011 he starred in the cult science-fiction film ‘Attack The Block’. Boyega is currently working on a new film named ‘The Circle’, and will star alongside Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.

Boyega came under scrutiny from some fans for being a black stormtrooper, however the notion that black people can’t feature in ‘Star Wars’ is utterly ridiculous especially when we consider the fact that black people have portrayed some of the main characters over the years, for example James Earl Jones was the voice of Darth Vader.

At the start of 2014 Boyega responded to racist perceptions on his casting by writing, “get used to it” on his Instagram. Upon receiving the news of his nomination, Boyega said, “I’m honoured to be considered for the EE Rising Star Award in this company. What a great way to start the year”.

Previous winners of the award include James McAvoy, Kristen Stewart and Tom Hardy, the ceremony will be held on the 14th of February.

TNT Entertainment Billy Rooney


photo credit Gage Skidmore

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