Daisy Ridley was chosen as this year’s Choice Movie Breakout Star at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards. The 24-year-old, who was awarded the gong for her role as Ray in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, gave a shout-out to her co-star John Boyega, who was also up for the same honor, when she gave her acceptance speech at the awards show in Inglewood, California on Sunday.
‘It feels incredible to be in this category, with amazing people, especially my boy John!’, Daisy told the audience with her new surfboard in hand.
‘And after all the incredible people we just saw on stage, it feels especially important to be apart of a film that represents diversity in such a positive way.’
Among those she thanked by name included director J.J. Abrams. ‘So, thank you J.J. and Lowry and Michael for creating this character, and Disney, and everyone for letting me be Ray.’
Daisy, who took home one out of the three gongs she was nominated for that evening, sparkled in a silver sequin mini dress as she accepted the award.
Daisy Ridley took home the best breakthrough performance award at the MTV Movie Awards for her role as the lightsaber-wielding heroine Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“It feels especially amazing to be part of a film that represents all genders – two genders – all races and all ages in a positive way,” Ridley said as she accepted the award.
The weekend was extra special for Ridley, who turned 24 on Sunday.
“Bringing in my 24th year with JJ @mtv Movie Awards!” Ridley captioned an Instagram photo of herself alongside director J.J. Abrams. “Thank you so much to everyone that voted for Breakthrough and Movie #starwars #theforceawakens.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has scooped 11 MTV Movie Award nominations. The J.J Abrams directed sequel is up for Best Action Performance (John Boyega), Best Villain (Adam Driver), and newcomer Daisy Ridley will compete for Best Female Performance for her role as Rey.
She will be vying for votes alongside Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 2), Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) and Morena Baccarin (Deadpool).
This year’s nominations were announced via MTV’s Snapchat Discover channel, marking the second time the broadcaster has used a mobile app for the announcement.
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will co-host the ceremony which will be held in California on April 10th, 2016.
Daisy attended and presented at the 88th Annual Academy Awards last night in Hollywood. We have added x178 photos from the rehearsal, red carpet and awards show. Plus x28 from the Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter.
Daisy and Star Wars: The Force Awakens gang are among the nominees at the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards, which will be held on March 12 at 8 p.m. Make sure to vote here!
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