We’ve been hanging out at the BAFTA HQ this morning, for the announcement of the 2013 EE Rising Star Award! Previous winners include James McAvoy, Eva Green, Shia LaBeouf, Noel Clarke, Kristen Stewart and Tom Hardy. We’ve got more images coming later of all the nominees but for the moment, here’s that official announcement:
Today at BAFTA’s HQ, Pippa Harris, the chair of the award jury and Deputy Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, announced the hotly anticipated nominations for the EE Rising Star Award 2013. The nominations represent five actors and actresses who are destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema. The award celebrates actors and actresses who have demonstrated exceptional talent and who have the potential to be cinema stars of the future. The nominees for 2013 are:
Commenting on her nomination, Elizabeth said “Being considered for this award is a huge honour. So many actors whom I admire have been recognized in this category and I’m very thankful to BAFTA and the jury for selecting me.”
Andrea said: “To even be counted amongst this, and the last seven years’ rising star nominees feels utterly phenomenal! BAFTA nurtures new talent throughout the international film community so I am so very grateful to be given this fantastic opportunity, and look forward to us celebrating the kind recognition together.”
Juno commented: “I’m extremely honoured to be nominated by BAFTA for this award and the fact the winner is voted for by the public makes it all the more exciting.”
Alicia said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be nominated for this year’s EE Rising Star Award and would like to thank the jury for short-listing me. 2012 was an amazing year for me and I want to thank everyone who has supported me in my career to date.”
EE’s accolade for up and coming talent is the only award at the EE British Academy Film Awards to be voted for by the public. Voting is now open at no cost at ee.co.uk/bafta. The winner will be announced at the star-studded EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 10 February 2013.
Now in its eighth year, the award has set a standard for identifying talent destined for future movie stardom. Previous winners include James McAvoy in 2006, Eva Green in 2007, Shia LaBeouf in 2008, Noel Clarke in 2009, Kristen Stewart in 2010, Tom Hardy in 2011, 2012’s nominees were Chris Hemsworth, Chris O’Dowd, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and eventual winner Adam Deacon.
The EE Rising Star Award jury’s role was to select a shortlist of five nominees from the hundreds of submissions made by the BAFTA membership and film industry figures. All nominees must have had at least one film released in the current awards year, 1 January to 31 December 2012.
The jury for the award featured a raft of leading figures from across the film industry including jury chair Pippa Harris, Deputy Chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee and producing partner of Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road, Jarhead), Scottish director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void), actor Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse, Sherlock), film critic Mark Kermode and casting director Nina Gold (The King’s Speech, Prometheus).
The award was created in honour of Mary Selway, the highly respected BAFTA-winning casting director whose career spanned three decades and over ninety films before she died in 2004. She worked with notable directors such as Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, Clint Eastwood and Ridley Scott, contributing to the creation of some of the silver screen’s most memorable characters.
Pippa Harris, EE Rising Star award jury chair and Deputy Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said: “This year the quality of emerging acting talent has been just incredible and the jury had a very tough job selecting the short list. It’s great that the EE Rising Star Awards gives the general public the opportunity to champion their film stars of the future and I can’t wait to see who they vote their winner for 2013.”
Spencer McHugh, Director of Brand at EE, said: “We are incredibly proud to continue to partner with BAFTA to celebrate the very best in up and coming talent. Film is very important to EE, and by supporting the Rising Star Award we want to continue building on its great reputation as a credible and coveted accolade in the film industry. Best of luck to all of this year’s nominees.”