BAFTA Rising Star Nominees Revealed

The nominations for the BAFTA EE Rising Star Award were announced this morning and include: Dane DeHaan, George MacKay, Lupita Nyong’o, Will Poulter and Lea Seydoux. This award, which is the only category voted for by the public, acts to identify young new talent destined for future film stardom. 

British actor, Will Poulter who was recently in the Hollywood film ‘We’re The Millers’ and is set to appear in ‘The Maze Runner’ this summer said: “It feels unbelievable and sort of strange to be nominated. But I’m so grateful and I’m here amongst some friends as well which makes it even more special. George and I used to act together at school”.

George MacKay who starred in the musical film “Sunshine On Leith” last year, said working with the film’s director Dexter Fletcher, was a “wonderful process.” He continued: “I learnt to really throw myself into things and feel more comfortable about my singing, too”. 

This year’s nominees were selected by a group of jurors. Amongst them was film critic Mark Kermode who described the awards as “a kind of rival to the Globes and the Oscars”. He said this award is very important because of “the public interest and industry significance” it has. Previous winners of the award include Juno Temple, Kristen Stewart and James McAvoy. 

To vote, go to: http://www.bafta.org/film/awards/ee-rising-star-award-2014,4043,BA.html

The winner will be announced at the BAFTA awards ceremony on 16th February, 2014.

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