WESTMORE EZEKIEL AWARD:
Actor Nonso Anozie, who spoke movingly of his struggle to become an actor. He said: “This is testimony to that black woman, left by her partner with £2 in the bank, who encouraged her young son to have a dream. This is testimony to those who say: ‘No, you’re not good enough.’ I have been told that, so this award proves that it just wasn’t true.”
Diane Parish, who plays Denise Fox in EastEnders and has played DC Eva Sharpe in The Bill. She said she was so proud to be picking up this MViSA on the award’s 10th anniversary night, when she had just marked her 10th year in EastEnders.
Adrian Lester OBE, who gave a recorded thank you due to work commitments elsewhere, said he wished he would be present with everyone in his home town of Birmingham. He said: “For me, Christmas has come early.”
BEST SHORT FILM:
Jus Soli. Award collected by Simon Jenkins of the Somebody Nobody directorial collective – the film focuses on the wasted lives of 13 British youths killed in the New Cross house fire in 1981.
BEST FESTIVAL FILM:
Everything But a Man. Award collected by director Nnegest Likke.
UK BEST MOVIE:
Brash Young Turks. Award collected by director Naeem Mahmood, with Melissa Latouche and Paul Chiedozie.
BEST FACTUAL PRODUCTION:
Extreme UK, BBC Three by Reggie Yates.
BEST BROADCAST JOURNALIST:
ITV’s Charlene White, who was not able to collect in person, but thanked everyone by a recorded message.
BEST TV PRESENTER:
Ade Adepitan, who collected his award in person for his part in BBC Two’s New York: America’s Busiest City.
BEST EMERGING TALENT:
Paul Chiedozie, who collected his award in person.
BEST TV DRAMA:
Undercover, BBC One.
BEST LONG RUNNING DRAMA:
Casualty, BBC One.
EastEnders, BBC One.