The nominees for the Orange Rising Star Award at this year’s BAFTAs have been announced this morning in London, and it’s another interesting mix of young talent. Carey Mulligan is probably the most talked-about contender, but she’s joined by fellow nominees Nicholas Hoult, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Tahar Rahim. Click on their names to cast your vote.
Mulligan made a splash with An Education last October, but also appears in Public Enemies and Brothers, and has a good Brit-flick CV that includes films like Pride & Prejudice.
Hoult is probably still best known for his turn in About A Boy years back, but this year was all grown up in A Single Man, opposite Colin Firth. Eisenberg, meanwhile, had the double-whammy of the mighty Zombieland against the sweeter indie-rom-com of Adventureland. That also starred Kristen Stewart, but she’s unquestionably best known at this point for her starring role in the Twilight saga, despite great turns in Into The Wild and Panic Room.
Finally, Tahar Rahim gave a blisteringly good performance in the much-praised French film A Prophet, the toast of Cannes and an apparent frontrunner for the Best Foreign Film Oscar this year.
“I’ve been doing things this year that I’d probably not been able to do if I haven’t got this award,” says last year’s winner Noel Clarke. “Beforehand, I was probably that guy from Auf Wiedersehen Pet, then Doctor Who came out. But once I got this award I think it enabled people to come at me with films I wouldn’t have had a sniff at before.”
“The idea of being considered an actor who moght go on to big things is quite bizarre because I’m someone who has always seen myself as a jobbing actor, not particularly a rising star,” says nominee Nicholas Hoult. “You look at the people in the category and quite a few of them are already movie stars in my opinion. It’s very odd to be in there but it’s a great privilege.”
The award’s in its fifth year: previous winners (in reverse chronological order) were Clarke, Shia LaBeouf, Eva Green and James McAvoy. The winner of this, the only BAFTA voted for by the public, will be announced at the British Academy Film Awards on February 21, and we’ll be there to cover the whole thing. You can find out more about the award here.
Some pretty updates! I managed to find six untagged versions from this beautiful photoshoot Carey did as well as a new photo from the set (it’s the last picture)! Enjoy
I have just uploaded some new gorgeous HQ (and 2 equally lovely MQ!) stills from “An Education” to the gallery
Thank you Mary for letting me know that Carey has been rescheduled to appear on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson this Tuesday, January 12. By the looks of the schedule, it seems Carey will be his lead guest and let’s hope this time Mr. Ferguson won’t drone on and on for 45 minutes and forget his other guests =P
Lone Scherfig’s An Education is officially the frontrunner for this year’s British Academy film awards, following the publication of the Bafta longlists. Avatar, The Hurt Locker and – perhaps the biggest surprise – District 9 also emerged as strong contenders. And Moon looks like the main rival to An Education for the title of best British film.
The longlists are the result of the first round of Bafta voting, when the list of contenders is narrowed to 15 in each category. The second round, which closes 19 January and is announced two days later, whittles these down to the five nominees. The third round, of course, picks the winners, to be revealed on 21 February.
So many films are included in the longlists that they are very imprecise guides to the eventual victors. Two years ago, Atonement was the most longlisted film, but ended up winning just two Baftas (though one was best picture). This year, An Education leads the way with 17 longlist entries (including seven in the acting categories alone), followed by Inglourious Basterds with 15.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean much. More revealing are the votes by Bafta’s specialist chapters, which offer a strong clue to the likely nominees. Bafta helpfully puts an asterisk by the five candidates on each longlist which received the most support from the relevant chapters. In other words, you can tell which performances the actors voted for, or which editors were picked by their peers. Last year, the chapter selections on the longlists turned out to match almost exactly the eventual nominations.
By that yardstick, An Education still emerges as the frontrunner. It picked up seven chapter asterisks, for director, adapted screenplay, makeup and hair, costume design and three actors (Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina and Rosamund Pike).
If the nominations do mirror the chapter votes, then the best actor prize will be contested by Andy Serkis, Colin Firth, George Clooney, Jeremy Renner and Morgan Freeman. It’s rare that Bafta recognises actors who aren’t in the Oscar race, so Serkis will do well to get a nod for his turn as Ian Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, which has yet to find an American distributor.
By the same calculation, best actress would include Abbie Cornish, Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibe, Meryl Streep and Saoirse Ronan – a list notable, Streep apart, for its extreme youth. At 59, Streep is more than twice the age of her fellow contenders.
An Education is one of just two British candidates on the best film list, alongside Moon, bearing out the suggestion of a weak year for UK cinema. Bright Star, made in Britain by the Australian director Jane Campion, missed the best film cut but figured strongly in other sections. Andrea Arnold also made the director list for Fish Tank, and there were mentions here and there for Nowhere Boy, Damned United, In the Loop, Me and Orson Welles, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Young Victoria and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. But Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric was notable by its omission.
Thanks to Mariana for the scans!
Thank you to Belinda for letting me know that you can bid at an auction to win Bleacher Seats for the show — a great chance to see your favorite stars! It’s really fun and proceeds from the auction benefit the SAG Foundation. You can visit the SAG Awards auction page for more info!
The auction runs until January 11 and bidding happens at the auction store so please place a bid and support a great cause!
Why hello! It seems I am still alive, and as a groveling peace offering for my lack of appearance lately, I bring with my this lovely new layout! Made for us by my friend Tran. I hope you like it. I’ll be going round and sorting out those pages we still haven’t got online, and fixing bits and pieces here and there to finish the site off (finally), so do keep checking back. And don’t forget to check Carey out on The Late Late Show tonight!
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