Five vie for Orange Rising Star nod

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LONDON -- Ben Whishaw, Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Eva Green and Naomie Harris will battle it out for the British public's affection as they vie for this year's Orange Rising Star emerging talent award.

The nod, to be presented Feb. 11 at the 2007 British Academy Film Awards ceremony, is voted for by the public and sponsored by cellular operator Orange.

The award is designed to honor a young actor or actress of any nationality who has demonstrated exceptional talent and ambition and begun to capture the imagination of the British public as a film star in the making.

Nominees must have appeared in a pic that qualified for this year's BAFAs, dished out by BAFTA.

The shortlist was drawn up by a jury of industry professionals including Anthony Minghella and last year's inaugural winner, James McAvoy, from a long list of recommendations submitted by BAFTA members and industry players.

The award was created in honor of the late Mary Selway, the BAFTA-winning British casting director.
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