BAFTA Rising Star Award 2013 Nominees Announced

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards 2013 will take place on 10 February at London’s Royal Opera House. Although the nominees will be officially announced on 9 January, the Academy revealed yesterday the EE Rising Star Award 2013 Nominees.

The brand EE is the 2013 title sponsor of the EE British Academy Film Awards and is replacing sister brand Orange. The EE Rising Star Award was created to honour a young actor or actress who has begun to win the British public with their exceptional talent. This Award is the only one that is voted by the public and not granted by the judges. The panel of judges only selects the five nominees who will compete for the award. This year’s panel of judges includes jury chair Pippa Harris, Deputy Chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee and producing partner of Sam Mendes, Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, casting director Nina Gold, film critic Mark Kermode, film publicist Kate Lee and a range of journalists.

The Rising Star Award 2013 Nominees are:

Elizabeth Olsen – She was born in 1989 and as a child appeared in her two sisters’ productions, so it was only natural that at 17 she moved to New York to study acting. Right after she graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts, Elizabeth appeared in two of the most praised films at 2011 Sundance Festival, Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House, which launched her right into the spotlight.

Andrea Riseborough – The young actress graduated from RADA in 2005 and debuted in Roger Michell’s film Venus. She starred as young Margaret Thatcher in Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley in 2008 and in 2011 as King Edward VIII’s lover Wallis Simpson in Madonna’s W.E. Recently she finished filming the Sci-Fi action movie Oblivion starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman.

Suraj Sharma – The only men in this year’s nominations had no acting experience before picking him for Pi Patel. Suraj was born and raised in Delhi, India, where he lived until recently with his family. The casting for the 3D epic Life of Pi however changed his life. The 19 year old Suraj made his acting debut in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, and immediately grabbed the attention of film critics around the world.

Juno Temple – Juno Temple made several roles in big movies in only a few years – 2007 Atonement with Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, The Three Musketeers starring Milla Jovovich and Matthew Macfayden, The Dark Knight Rises. In 2011 dark thriller Killer Joe she co-starred with Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch.

Alicia Vikander – Swedish actress Alicia Vikander dedicated nine years of her life to The Royal Swedish Ballet and after several appearances in Swedish TV shows she debuted in Lisa Langseth’s Pure. In 2012 we saw her as Caroline Mathilde in A Royal Affair with Mads Mikkelsen. The same year, she had a major role in Anna Karenina, opposite Keira Knightley and Jude Law.

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