In the lead up to the BAFTAs on Sunday night, EE Rising Star hopeful Josh O’Connor admits that he doesn’t design to win against Black Panther’s Daniel Kaluuya.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, the 27-year-old rather humbly admits to his expectations of the night and since he believes now is the ideal time for odd and opposite films in the industry.
The actor from Cheltenham now stars in the Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country, the only UK-based prolongation to underline in the universe play difficulty at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where it won the universe cinema directing award.
Josh, who is also up against Thor’s Tessa Thompson, Lady Macbeth’s Florence Pugh and Call Me By Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet for the Rising Star award, suggested that he is just gratified to be in the same difficulty with actors he admires.
‘It’s so tough to say,’ he pronounced when we asked him to explain since he has no expectations. ‘I’m just so celebrated to be nominated with a organisation of actors that we am a large fan of. All of them away are extraordinary, so just to be looped in with those guys is very special to me.’
Josh won the Best Actor endowment at the British Independent Film Awards for his role in God’s Own Country in December, and shared with us his complete startle at the awaiting of winning that even when they called out his name he stayed in disbelief.
‘I was nominated alongside my idols,’ he pronounced speaking of Jamie Bell and Paddy Considine. ‘I 100% was not awaiting to win it and we had also never won anything before.’
‘So when they called up my name, it was so weird and it was very special for me,’ he recollected as he called the moment ‘the prominence of his career’.
And when we suggested the same may just occur at the Baftas, his response was zero brief of shaken delight as he responded with ‘who knows?’
His piety is endearing and a exhale of fresh air, but it is also startling as God’s Own Country, a dirty adore story set in farming Yorkshire, has been a standout among odd cinema this past year and has justly directed Josh into the spotlight.
While the on-screen chemistry between Josh and co-star Alec Secareanu is being praised as one of the reasons for its vicious commend and 99% capitulation rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Josh believes that British films are at the forefront of pulling bounds and thinks that now is the ideal time for diversity.
‘I have an measureless honour in British film,’ he announced. ‘Likewise, with European films, they have been at the forefront of pulling review that competence differently be lost.’
Debuting to soap-box reviews at Sundance Film Festival, the film immediately drew comparisons to Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, essentially since of the farming environment and that it facilities two men in love. However, to contend it’s simply a withdraw would be a harm to a singular and nuanced story.
‘I would say, the comparisons are smashing since we adore Ang Lee,’ he admitted. ‘We adore that film and the opening of that film. Everything about it is just stunning.’
However, The Durrells star adds that nonetheless both films are simply comparable, they do hold some differences as ‘this film deals with a impression who can’t adore but since he is socially oppressed’.
He elaborates further: ‘He can not adore since he can not clear his emotions to be being exposed and opening himself up to adore and to be loved.
‘So while we penchant the fact that we are being compared to a pleasing film done by Ang Lee, we would contend they are totally opposite films.’
On the note of comparing two odd films to any other, Josh also hopes that the film attention reaches a theatre where Queer films aren’t singular to their accepted themes but are seen as ‘just films’.
After seeing Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, a coming of age film about a black happy man, win Best Picture at the Oscars last year, Josh hopes now will be the time for a serve change.
‘Hopefully, we get to the theatre where it is not about two odd films winning an Oscar and it is about two these two films just winning,’ he said.
‘Maybe, we will start to see [queer] films being concurred as films as and no longer as just a genre or niche films. Just cinema. Quality cinema.’
Josh, who will shortly start filming BBC’s Les Miserables: Minis Series with David Oyelowo and Lily Collins, has some difference of recommendation for up and coming actors.
His advice? To welcome fear!
‘The very fact that we feel the fear means that I’m doing it right,’ he told us. ‘And we consider the very day we stop being frightened of giving all we got in opening is the day that we should substantially call it quits.’
He paused solemnly before adding: ‘Fear is a pleasing thing in showing disadvantage and it is really important.’
His final recommendation piece of recommendation is even some-more poignant.
‘Enjoy it and try and find creativity and beauty in all that you do,’ he finally added.
Josh is nominated for the EE Rising Star Award, which is the only endowment the open can opinion for at the EE British Academy Film Awards. You can opinion for Josh here before the deadline on 16 Feb at 12pm.