This year is probably Idris Elba best year ever. In just a short matter of time, the British actor has not only become a favorite of many but also a force to reckon with in Tinsel town.This year, he swooped the lead role In Mandela’s biopic ” Long Walk to Freedom”
And just last Sunday November 10, he received the Humanitarian Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.
The award was presented by Mandela’s daughter Zindzi and award-winning actor Sean Penn. The humanitarian award honours outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of entertainment arts.
Representing the cast and crew of the highly anticipated biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; the movie’s director Justin Chadwick, lead actress Naomie Harris (who portrays Winnie Mandela in the movie) and South African producer Anant Singh and his wife were in attendance
Singh congratulated Elba by saying: “He is committed to leveraging the profile that he has developed in the film and television industry to be used as a tool in his work among disadvantaged youth. As a recipient of the support of the London-based Prince’s Trust himself, Idris continues to work with the Trust to uplift disadvantaged youth. It is also fitting that the criteria for the Humanitarian Award mirrors Nelson Mandela’s own humanitarian goals.”
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is to be released nationwide in South Africa on 28 November 2013, through UIP.