BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award 2010: Updated with clips
The Orange Rising Star Award for the 2010 BAFTAs has opened to public voting and revealed the nominees, and last year's winner, Noel Clarke, was on hand to announce them.
It's an interesting bunch, and a mix of talent from France to America, all new, all relatively new, although a couple of names have had some big exposure in mainstream films already. The list follows along with details of how to vote.
The Orange Rising Star Award gathers an initial long list of names proposed by BAFTA Members and film industry insiders which the jury, consisting of actors, casting directors, producers, media representatives, and BAFTA Film Committee members, all vote for and select the final five nominees through a secret ballot.
Note though that while this award is for 2010, the voting is for talent from 2009, otherwise there wouldn't be a lot of films on which to base the voting on!
Last year the winner was Noel Clarke, and he was on hand to announce the nominees for this year. Here are the write-ups for all the stars from the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award site:
Eisenberg rose to fame in 2002 when he starred in the acclaimed independent film Roger Dodger and is well known for his latest comedy roles in Adventureland and Zombieland.
Nicholas Hoult is best known for his role as Marcus Brewer in the 2002 film, About a Boy, and in Skins as cold, calculating, popular main character Tony Stonem.
Starting off her career in television, home-grown talent Carey is now a highly acclaimed film star winning awards for her breakthrough role as Jenny in An Education.
Born and raised in Belfort, north east France, Tahar has caught critics' attention through his breakthrough role as Malik El Djebena, in the 2009 award-winning French movie Un Prophete (A Prophet).
Kristen Stewart has been catapulted to fame by her starring role as Bella in the Twilight Saga. She has been nominated for numerous Young Artist awards for her roles in films such as Panic Room, Cold Creek Manor and Into the Wild.
I was quite surprised by both Jesse Eisenberg and Kirsten Stewart being included, not because they are American, but because they have had some major exposure already, and Eisenberg has been around for some time. However this is about the Rising Star, not actually newcomer, and that's slightly different.
Who would you vote for then? Personally I'm a little torn and I really don't know which to pick. However when I do decide it's simple to have my say because we get to vote for this award.
You can vote for the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award for 2009 by heading over to the Orange site where you can vote online or vote via text message. It's simple to do, and worth doing, because it's a vote by you to decide. Does that mean Kirsten Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will be vying for first place?