The British film academy has announced the five nominees for the Rising Star Award at the upcoming 71st annual edition of the BAFTAs. Leading the roster are two Oscar frontrunners for Best Actor: Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”). They are joined by British breakout stars Josh O’Connor (“God’s Own Country) and Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”) and “Westworld” and Marvel Cinematic Universe scene stealer Tessa Thompson.
Unlike the rest of the BAFTA Awards, the winner of this one is determined by the public. Thompson could be the beneficiary of this as both her film and TV work have passionate fan bases. Indeed last year’s winner, Tom Holland, was another of the Marvel Cinematic Universe cast. He debuted as Marvel’s new Spider-Man in the 2016 blockbuster “Captain America: Civil War” and headlined “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in 2017. The year before, the award went to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout star John Boyega.
Being in the Oscar conversation could bring votes the way of Chalamet and Kaluuya. The former has racked up wins with seven of the regional film critics groups, tying him with Oscar frontrunner Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”). And the latter stars in the hit film that has won a whopping nine Best Picture prizes already this awards season.