The BAFTA's are upon us, and this week, were treated with the nominees for the EE Rising Star award, the award that acknowledges the talent of up and coming actors who are going nowhere but the top (And yes, I’m still angry Tom Hiddleston didn’t win 2 years ago). The nominees were decided by a jury including Gemma Arterton, Empire’s Chris Hewitt, Pippa Harris and one of our favourites, Mark Kermode. So, let’s take a look at their choices:
This young actor, who has a face that makes me very uncomfortable, first came to prominence in 2012 with the surprisingly great found footage flick Chronicle. Following that, he made appearances in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and The Place Beyond the Pines with Ryan Gosling. Last year, he received heaps of praise for his performances opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings, about a murder in 1944 which brings together the great poets of the beat generation. This year, he’s taking on the role of Harry Osbourne in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Dehaan is a hugely talented candidate, and it won’t be surprising to see him succeed.
Starting his film career at the age of 8, where he was cast in Peter Pan, he received acclaim and award nominations alike for his performance in Clive Owen flick The Boys Are Back. Last year, he took the lead role in Dexter Fletcher’s musical Sunshine on Leith (featuring songs of The Proclaimers), as well as playing a tortured survivor in For Those in Peril (Which has garnered him a British Academy Scotland Award) and Eddie in Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now starring Saiorse Ronan.
This rising star is actually a first timer, having made her big screen debut in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. She plays Patsey, one of the slaves brutally abused by owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender). She carries with her an Oscar buzz, and is certain to gain a nomination for Best Supporting Actress, which is only one of many nominations expected from the film. As well as an actress, she is also a film maker, having directed In My Genes, a documentary focusing on the Albino population of Kenya (Where she was raised).
Another Brit actor who has been showing promise since day one. The 20 year old actor made his first film appearance in Son of Rambow, which garnered much critical acclaim. Following that, he played Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and took the lead role in British drama Wild Bill. Last year he showed off his comedic chops in We’re the Millers, where played Kenny, the geeky, awkward but loveable teenager who pretends to be the son of Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston to help Sudeikis sneak drugs across the Mexican border. We’re the Millers was a hilarious film, mostly due to Poulter’s performance, and is certain to go far from here.
As well as her acclaimed work in French TV shows and films, this young Paris born actress is best known in Hollywood for appearing Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Woody Allens’ Midnight in Paris and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Last year, she blew everyone away with her performance in the French romantic drama Blue is the Warmest Colour, which received the Palme D’Or at the Cannes film festival, and is looking likely to earn Seydoux her first Oscar nomination.
So there we have it, the nominees for Rising Star. All talented newcomers, but who will take the prize? Let us know who you think will win down in the comments below, and be sure to vote for your favourite too.
The BAFTAs ceremony is on February 16th, once again hosted by the magnificent Stephen Fry, so don’t miss it