Orange BAFTA Rising Star: Rebecca Hall
Rebecca Hall is someone I really only took notice of when I recently watched the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Filmstalker review), and while I didn't enjoy the film, her performance was very good. Her career as an actress has been very short, and yet she's been racing forward in recognition and appearing in some superb films.
So as part of the coverage on Filmstalker for The Orange British Academy Film Awards, aka the BAFTA's, and specifically the coverage of the only award where you can decide the winner, the Orange BAFTA Rising Star Award, I'm going to take a look at Rebecca Hall's career.
Rebecca Hall was born in 1982 and appeared on British television in 1992 and appeared in a few episodes of a couple of series and one television film, the last being in 1994. Then there was a quiet period from her until 2006 when she burst onto our screens in the film Starter for 10 alongside a great cast including James McAvoy.
Another television film and she was starring in The Prestige (Filmstalker review) starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine, another huge role for her seemingly out of nowhere, and after Rubberheart she returned to television with a film called Joe's Palace. It was written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff and starred Michael Gambon.
Then she hit Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Filmstalker review) which she's already running with a nomination for a Golden Globe for, and did well to occupy the screen next to the usually captivating Scarlett Johansson.
Frost/Nixon (Filmstalker review) was another high profile film with great actors which allowed her some screen time, but unfortunately she was used as little else other than arm candy and to heighten a few dramatic moments for the character of Frost, but alongside Michael Sheen and Frank Langella she once again showed that she's definitely deserving of being there, even if they didn't use her talents well, never mind, she shares a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award for best cast.
An interesting television film called Einstein and Eddington showed that she's still keen to keep up the television work, and starring alongside David Tennant and Andy Serkis as the titular Eddington and Einstein respectively, she played the wife of Eddington.
Now we await her four upcoming projects, two of them are the Yorkshire Ripper stories, Nineteen Eighty-Three and Nineteen Seventy-Four, both adapted for the screen by the strong writer Tony Grisoni and Eighty-Three filmed by Anan Tucker with Seventy-Four by Julian Jarrold. Both those films look set to be powerful ones, and once again Hall is in with a powerful role.
Then she's up for an untitled comedy from Nicole Holofcener starring next to some great names including Amanda Peet, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt and Kevin Corrigan.
Finally, that is openly announced anyway, there's the Dorian Gray film, next to the Ripper films this has to be the one I'm looking forward to the most. Directed by Oliver Parker we just need to forget the recent travesty of St. Trinian's, after all he directed the excellent Othello starring Laurence Fishburne. The film stars Colin Firth, Ben Barnes, Rachel Hurd-Wood and Emilia Fox as well as a few other recognisable names such as Maryam d'Abo and Ben Chaplin. It sounds a strong adaptation.
It's amazing to look at that career and realise just how quickly she's raced up through her career, not only that but how quickly she's leapt to the fore of some big profile films. Without a doubt Rebecca Hall is worthy of a nomination for the Orange BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Now you can vote for her and ensure she wins by doing one of two things. 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.