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With less than a week to go before the full list of nominations, BAFTA has unveiled the five-strong list of names in the running for its rising star category: Tom Holland, Ruth Negga, Anya Taylor-Joy, Lucas Hedges and Laia Costa.
Much like last year’s winner, John Boyega, 2017 nominee Holland shot to fame thanks to a major blockbuster, this time as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. The 20-year-old, who also topped The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest Next Gen list, first broke through in the 2012 film The Impossible.
It’s also been an exceptional 12 months for Negga, lauded for her star appearance in Jeff Nichols’ acclaimed Loving and in the series Preacher.
“Thank you BAFTA — it’s so surreal to be recognized for doing something I love,” Negga said of her nomination. “I can’t wait for the ceremony in London!”
Fellow rising star nominee Taylor-Joy had her breakout in her debut film role, 2016’s indie hit The Witch, but is soon set to appear alongside James McAvoy — a rising star winner himself in 2006 — in M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Split.
“I can’t quite put into words how it feels to be in the company of such talent, past and present,” the 20-year-old said. “All my love and gratitude.”
Taylor-Joy is joined in the nominees list by another indie breakthrough, Hedges, currently seen in Kenneth Lonergan’s Oscar-tipped Manchester by the Sea. Hedges, who first made his mark in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, recently wrapped on Greta Gerwig’s directional debut, Lady Bird, alongside Saoirse Ronan and Tracy Letts, and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
“It’s really exciting to be recognized for an award that has nominated many of my favorite actors over the years,” he said. “I’ve always been enamored with English culture and have dreamed of living in England, so this nomination is particularly meaningful for me.”
Spanish actress Costa is most widely known for her role in one the most imaginative productions in recent years, starring in Sebastian Schipper’s German heist thriller Victoria, which was famously shot in one single take.
“I am honored to be considered for the rising star award in this company and for accomplishing this for a German film, shot in English by a German director and Norwegian cinematographer and as a Spanish actress myself,” she said of her nominations, adding that Victoria was a “great example of how the collaboration of so many cultures can result in something truly wonderful.”
The winner of the rising star award, which will be decided by a public online vote, will be announced during the BAFTA film awards on Feb. 12.
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