UPDATE 2! Star Wars: The Force Awakens Wins BAFTA for Special Visual Effects. John Boyega Gets the Rising Star Award. He Starts Working on Episode VIII Tomorrow!
John Boyega is really a man hard at work. Tonight he attended the British Academy Film Awards where he won the EE Rising Star Award, and tomorrow (February 15) he will start working on Star Wars: Episode VIII at 6 am (UK time).
Boyega revealed his schedule speaking on the red carpet ahead of the actual event that took place at London’s Royal Opera House.
Boyega won the award in a direct competition with Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Taron Egerton and Fifty Shades Of Grey’s Dakota Johnson.
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 14, 2016
Also Star Wars: The Force Awakens won the award for Special Visual Effects. The awards for Best Original Music and Best Sound, where TFA was also nominated, went to The Hateful Eight’s Ennio Morricone, and Mad Max: Fury Road respectivelly. Also Mad Max won Best Production Design, where TFA was also nominated.
So from the 5 nomination TFA won the 2 most important. Congrats John, you definitely deserve that one.
Anthony Daniels confirms that the Episode VIII cast and crew are having a meeting early tomorrow:
Heartfelt congratulations to you John for winning BAFTA's RISING STAR AWARD tonight but we've an early call tomorrow so easy on the champoo!
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) February 14, 2016
And here’s Boyega’s acceptance speech, plus an interview with the guys behind the Special Effects from TFA.
The Special Visual Effects award: