BAFTA has announced the names of this year’s EE Rising Star Award.
Sharma (Life of Pi), Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina,), Andrea Riseborough (W.E.), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Juno Temple (Killer Joe) are all up for the award, the only BAFTA decided by the public.
The Rising Star Award was created in honour of highly respected BAFTA-winning casting director Mary Selway, whose career spanned three decades and over ninety films before she died in 2004.
Selway worked with notable directors such as Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, Clint Eastwood and Ridley Scott, contributing to the creation of some of the silver screen’s most memorable characters.
The short list was selected by a jury which includes Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and film critic Mark Kermode.
Previous winners include Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Noel Clarke, Eva Green and James McAvoy, with 2012’s nominees including Chris Hemsworth, Chris O’Dowd, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and winner Adam Deacon.
Pippa Harris, EE Rising Star award jury chair and Deputy Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said: “This year the quality of emerging acting talent has been just incredible and the jury had a very tough job selecting the short list.
“It’s great that the EE Rising Star Awards gives the general public the opportunity to champion their film stars of the future and I can’t wait to see who they vote their winner for 2013.”
Spencer McHugh, Director of Brand at EE, said: “We are incredibly proud to continue to partner with BAFTA to celebrate the very best in up and coming talent.
“Film is very important to EE, and by supporting the Rising Star Award we want to continue building on its great reputation as a credible and coveted accolade in the film industry. Best of luck to all of this year’s nominees.”
To cast your vote, or for more information on the EE Rising Star Award, go to ee.co.uk/bafta