He won the award beating Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale and Bruce Dern. The actor thanked BAFTA for the award and paid tribute to Steve McQueen’s artistry and passion:
''You really brought us all through it. “You had the real vision to tell this remarkable story. The extraordinary life that he had, and to tell this story in a way to make it of such value, of such worth to all who were there. Thank you for this, it was yours. I’m going to keep it, but it’s yours.''