BAFTA has announced the nominees for this year’s EE Rising Star Awards and given the award is usually a good indication of the next big names in film, here’s the low-down on each and every one of them.
Everyone’s been talking about Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour and the film’s two leading actresses, one of which is Léa Seydoux. BAFTA described her performance as “intense and powerful” and with roles in Inglourious Basterds, Midnight In Paris and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Seydoux is starting to make her mark in Hollywood. You can see her next in Wes Anderson’s widely anticipated The Grand Budapest Hotel, released 7th March 2014.
In Treatment‘s Dane DeHaan first burst onto the movie scene in sci-fi Chronicle but really made his mark opposite Daniel Radcliffe in 2013’s Kill Your Darlings. With supporting but notable roles in Lincoln, The Place Beyond The Pines and Lawless DeHaan has been creating some serious buzz. Catch him next as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
You might recognise Will Poulter from his critically acclaimed role in Son Of Rambow. Since then he has shone in a number of roles and shown he is as comfortable in Hollywood blockbusters, as he is in indie flicks. His role in last year’s We’re The Millers cemented him as a future comedic star and he is currently filming human trafficking drama Grassland opposite Toni Collette.
George MacKay bagged his first film role as one of the Lost Boys in 2003’s Peter Pan after a film scout came to his school. Since then he has starred in numerous films including Defiance and The Boys Are Back and last year appeared in three acclaimed films in one month; Sunshine On Leith, For Those In Peril and How I Live Now.
12 Years A Slave has been hailed as one of the best films of 2013 and Lupita Nyong’o is just one of its amazing actors. Her début role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s brutal film about slavery has plucked her from obscurity and placed her firmly in the spotlight. She is also an award-winning film-maker who wrote, directed and produced documentary My Genes, about the treatment of Kenya’s albino population. You can catch her next opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore in action thriller Non-Stop.