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Vote for the BAFTA Rising Star award

BAFTA.jpgThe Orange British Academy Film Awards, otherwise known as BAFTA, have an award where you decide who wins. How great is that? It's not just any award either, it's an award for the best new talent that have arrived on screen, and you, the audience, can have a chance to help them on their way in their career, and praise them on just how well they've done so far.

Yes, the Orange Rising Star Award is decided entirely by the cinema audience and will be announced at the BAFTA's on February 8th live in London. It's easy to vote too, online or by text, you can chose from one of the five nominated rising stars. Read on to find out how.

The award definitely goes to deserving talent, and very obviously talent that the audience has voted for rather than the industry deciding on as last year's winner Shia LaBeouf showed. Previous winners were Eva Green in 2007 and in 2006 the superb James McAvoy.

This year there are five nominees up for the award, Michael Cera, Noel Clarke, Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Hall and Toby Kebbell. Who you might ask? Well if you are then you need to brush up on your film knowledge, however let me give you a quick rundown of their main highlights.

MichaelCera.jpgMichael Cera: He began in the Emmy winning Arrested Development and then hit the screens with a fair impact in Superbad. However I would think is best known and most liked role to date was in Juno alongside Ellen Page. We're soon to see him in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, The Year One and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, so the comedy streak continues although Scott Pilgrim might offer him something a little more.

NoelClarke.jpgNoel Clarke: Did you know that he won a Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer? Since then he's been seen in a lot of television, and for Doctor Who fans you'll know him as Mickey Smith. However his talent isn't just in front of the camera as he wrote and starred in Kidulthood, then wrote, directed and starred in the follow-up, Adulthood, a film that has become one of the highest grossing British films of 2008.

MichaelFassbender.jpgMichael Fassbender: Another television star that has leapt onto cinema screens. His second appearance on television was on Band of Brothers, and after a number of other shows it wasn't long before he was on the big screen, but he didn't do it in half steps, no he strutted out in 300 (Filmstalker review) and has recently appeared in the horror Eden Lake and the much acclaimed film of Bobby Sands, Hunger. What's exciting is where his career is going now, on the four films between waiting for release and about to be started are The Sweeney and Inglourious Basterds.

RebeccaHall.jpgRebecca Hall: It took me a second but suddenly I realised I've seen her in a number of films of late, she made her first appearance on Starter for 10 alongside previous winner James McAvoy, then we saw her again in The Prestige (Filmstalker review), and I just watched her in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Review to come) and Frost/Nixon (Filmstalker review). Of the four films on her slate she stars in the two films about the Yorkshire Ripper, Nineteen Eighty-Three and Nineteen Seventy-Four, an as yet untitled Nicole Holofcener film with plenty of talent around her, and Dorian Gray alongside a host of British talent.

TobyKebbell.jpgToby Kebbell: Without a doubt this man has pegged himself as one role already, that of Johnny Quid in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla (Filmstalker review), but don't just write him off as that character, oh there's a lot more to him. He was first on screen in Shane Meadow's Dead Man's Shoes and that lead to a small role in Oliver Stone's Alexander (Filmstalker review) and Woody Allen's Match Point (Filmstalker review). His next big role was as the manager in Control (Filmstalker review) and then onto RocknRolla. He's starred alongside some big Hollywood names again in Cheri (Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathy Bates) and is set to appear in the big budget Jake Gyllenhaal led film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

So there are the nominees for your consideration, and you can see the individual career write ups on Filmstalker for Michael Cena, Noel Clarke, Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Hall and Toby Kebbell. Now consider away and get voting, because this is the truth people, you get to have your vote and select the winner, it's true really.

There are two ways to vote, you can either head to the online voting at the official Orange British Academy Film Awards page and read up on the stars, watch some clips for them to refresh your memory, and then get voting, it's free online.

Or you can use the text voting which you can read more about over on the official voting site. Get yourself over there and have your say.



I can't noticing that there are four male nominees and only one woman. Is this because there are no other decent female newcomers, or is it because men get the best roles? (Or there could other reasons, too!)

Just a thought.

I have only seen Clarke in anything - so I might just vote for Rebecca Hall to even up the odds!

Yeah, that was pretty obvious but I don't believe it's anything deliberate.

I've seen Rebecca Hall in a few things, I'd say your vote is well placed.


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