The EE Rising Star Award nominees for 2014 are: Dane DeHaan, George MacKay, Lupita Nyong’o, Will Poulter and Léa Seydoux
London, 6 January 2014: Today at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly, the nominations for the prestigious EE Rising Star Award 2014 were revealed. The nominations represent five actors and actresses who have demonstrated exceptional talent, and are destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema.
Commenting on his nomination, DeHaan said: "I am so thankful to BAFTA for considering me for this award. It’s a huge honor and humbling experience to be recognized amongst such a talented group of actors."
GEORGE MACKAY began his film career aged 10, when he landed the role of Curly in PJ Hogan’s Peter Pan. A series of impressive roles followed and in 2009, George earned nominations from the British Independent Film Awards and the Critics’ Circle Awards for his performance in Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back. George featured in three acclaimed films released in a single month, in October 2013. He took the lead role in musical Sunshine on Leith; he played a tortured survivor in BAFTA winning director Paul Wright’s For Those in Peril; and Eddie in Kevin Macdonald’s apocalyptic tale How I Live Now.
At the announcement, George MacKay said: "This award seems to be about looking forward, and it's both humbling and exciting to be amongst a group of people who share that goal; thank you BAFTA for sharing and supporting that ideal."
LUPITA NYONG’O was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated in the USA, where she graduated from the Yale School of Drama's acting program. She made a stunning feature debut as Patsey, in Steve McQueen's unflinchingly brutal 12 Years a Slave. This breakthrough performance was honoured with the New Hollywood Award and helped to cement her place on Variety’s admired annual 10 Actors to Watch list. As well as acting, Lupita is also an award-winning film-maker. She wrote, directed, and produced In My Genes; a fascinating documentary about the treatment of Kenya’s often misunderstood albino population.
Lupita Nyong’O commented: "I am absolutely delighted to be nominated for the EE Rising Star Award and feel so honoured to be in the company of past and present nominees."
WILL POULTER made his feature debut in the quirky British comedy Son of Rambow, where he gained critical acclaim and earned himself a nomination for most promising newcomer at the 2007 British Independent Film Awards. He has proved to be as comfortable with Hollywood A-listers as he is with small-budget Brit flicks. He recently starred alongside Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in the outrageous We’re the Millers, and more recently took the lead in Dexter Fletcher’s gritty UK independent film, Wild Bill. This performance saw Will pick up a nomination for young British performer of the year at the London Critics’ Circle Awards.
Will Poulter said: ‘It is an absolute honour to be nominated for this award. To be recognised by BAFTA in a category which ultimately is judged by the public is truly special. Thank you!’
LÉA SEYDOUX is a young actress with an enviable array of accolades from French cinema and television. Now she’s gaining worldwide attention for her roles in high-profile international films, including Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. She has recently taken on her first action role in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and played the lead character in Farewell My Queen – which went on to win the Louis Delluc Prize for best French film. This year, Léa shared the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival alongside director Abdellatif Kechiche and co-star Adele Exarchopoulos, for her intense and powerful performance in Blue is the Warmest Colour.
The EE Rising Star Award is the only award at the EE British Academy Film Awards to be voted for by the public. Voting is now open at ee.co.uk/bafta. The winner will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 16 February 2014.
Now in its ninth year, the award has set a standard for identifying talent destined for future film stardom. Since being crowned the original Rising Star in 2006, James McAvoy has gone on to be nominated for two more BAFTAs and has starred in seven major award-winning films. Other previous winners include Eva Green in 2007, Shia LaBeouf in 2008, Noel Clarke in 2009, Kristen Stewart in 2010, Tom Hardy in 2011, Adam Deacon in 2012. Last year’s nominees were Elizabeth Olsen, Andrea Riseborough, Suraj Sharma, Alicia Vikander, and the eventual winner, Juno Temple.
The jury who selected the five nominees, from hundreds suggested, featured leading film industry figures, including jury chair Pippa Harris, Deputy Chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee and producing partner of Sam Mendes, actress Gemma Arterton, film critic Mark Kermode, director Kirk Jones and producer Pete Czernin, as well as leading film and entertainment journalists.
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.
Pippa Harris, EE Rising Star award jury chair and Deputy Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said: "It’s always tough to choose five nominees from the hundreds of suggestions from our members and film industry figures, and this year has been no exception. The EE Rising Star Award acknowledges new talent but also allows the British public to be involved in the judging process, and choose their stars of the future."
Spencer McHugh, Director of Brand at EE, added: “The success of previous winners of the EE Rising Star Award speaks volumes in terms of the significance of the accolade - the previous winners have gone on to star in no less than 23 BAFTA and other major award-winning films. Film remains very important to EE and we are delighted to be able to support the up and coming film stars of tomorrow.”
For more information on the EE Rising Star Award please visit www.ee.co.uk/bafta.
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