LaBeouf, Page up for Rising Star Award


LONDON -- Shia LaBeouf, Sienna Miller, Ellen Page, Sam Riley and Tang Wei will battle it out for the British public's affections this year as contenders for the Orange Rising Star Award.

The nod, voted on by the public via cell phone and online voting, will be dished out during February's British Academy Film Awards for the third straight year.

Nominees must have been featured in a film entered for this year's Orange British Academy Film Awards. BAFTA will its unveil its nominations Jan. 16.

Nominees for the Rising Star Award have generally already appeared in several feature films during their career. The 2007 winner, Eva Green, on Tuesday announced this year's nominees.

The award is designed to recognize those who have demonstrated "exceptional talent and have begun to capture the imagination of the public as a star in the making."

The Rising Star Award is the only award presented during the BAFAs that is voted on by the British public.

A jury, chaired by producer Duncan Kenworthy and including Green, selected the five nominees from a long list of recommendations put forward by the film industry and BAFTA members.

"This year's five nominees are all actors who have really stood out in their work, and I'm sure we'll see a lot more of them throughout 2008," Green said.

The Orange Rising Star Award was created in honor of Mary Selway, the BAFTA-winning casting director who died in 2004.

Orange is a cell phone network operator.