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The BAFTA Rising Star nominees are unveiled

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 - 01:52

Lea Seydoux, Will Poulter, George MacKay, Dane DeHaan and Lupita Nyong'o are the five chosen to vie for the BAFTA Rising Star award. Rollo Ross reports.

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, more commonly known as BAFTA, announced their nominees for their Rising Star Award on Monday January 6, which looks at the young actors and actresses who look set to have a bright future in film. Previous winners who were relative unknowns at the time include James McAvoy, Shia LaBeouf, Eva Green and Kristen Stewart. Three of this year's five nominees attended the launch event at BAFTA headquarters in London - Will Poulter, Lea Seydoux and George MacKay. French starlet Lea Seydoux may have already starred in the likes of "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol", "Robin Hood" and "Inglourious Basterds", but it was the Palme D'Or winning lesbian drama "La Vie D'Adele" ("Blue is the Warmest Colour") that has put her firmly on the map. SOUNDBITE Actress Lea Seydoux, saying (English): "It's huge, you know, so it's huge, I mean the BAFTA, it's huge and so it's a very big honour, yes." George MacKay is also nominated - he's starred in the likes of "Sunshine and Leith" and "For Those in Peril" which saw him as the lone survivor of a mysterious fishing accident in Scotland. He is up against his old school friend Will Poulter, who this year got known internationally for playing opposite Jennifer Aniston in "We're the Millers". SOUNDBITE Actor Will Poulter saying (English): "I'm nominated in a group with such phenomenal actors and actresses and people I genuinely have such admiration for, people I aspire to, people I've looked up to for a long time, and a very good friend as well. So it's a very very lovely trifecta of things that I feel very honoured to have been recognised for. It's lovely." The other nominees who couldn't attend included actor Dane DeHaan who starred in "The Place Beyond the Pines", and Lupita Nyong'o for her role in the gritty biopic "12 Years a Slave", although she had a decent and relevant excuse as she was picking up the award for Breakthrough Performance at the Palm Springs film festival in California. The winner will be announced as part of the BAFTA awards on February 16.

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The BAFTA Rising Star nominees are unveiled

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 - 01:52