With previous winners including James McAvoy, Tom Hardy and Juno Temple, the Bafta Rising Star Award seems to be a pretty accurate indicator of who’s likely to be a star of tomorrow.
Today’s nominees are:
- Dane Dehaan
- George Mackay
- Lupita Nyong’O
- Will Poulter
- Léa Seydoux
Dane Dehaan’s nomination comes hot on the heels of indie hit movie Kill Your Darlings, in which he played Lucien Carr to Daniel Radcliffe’s Allen Ginsberg in the acclaimed beat poet murder mystery movie.
George Mackay has been a working actor since he was a small child, and now with major roles in How I Live Now opposite Saoirse Ronan as well as For Those In Peril, Scottish Bafta for Best Actor, it’s fair to say Mackay’s star has already risen!
Anyone that remembers E4’s School of Comedy will recognise Will Poulter, now grown up and starring in the huge studio comedy We’re The Millers with Hollywood heavyweights Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Emma Roberts.
Having made a name for herself in movies as diverse as Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood and Midnight In Paris, Léa Seydoux has now scored a hit leading role as Emma in Blue Is The Warmest Colour. Seydoux already won the Palme d’Or at Cannes along with director Abdellatif Kechiche and co-star Adèle Exarchopoulos, so could the EE Rising Star award be next?
And this year’s breakout star Lupita Nyong’O gives a mesmerising performance as captive Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Having already scored Golden Globe and SAG award nominations, an Oscar win now seems likely for the Kenyan native.
This is the only BAFTA award that is open to the public vote – so make sure you enter to ensure your favourite young artist wins. And that’s not all – voters also have the chance to win tickets to the BAFTA ceremony itself!