At Sunday’s BAFTA Awards, two of the Best Actor nominees — Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out) — are also pitted against each other for the Rising Star prize. While the winner of the former will be decided by the members of the academy, the latter is voted on by the public.
Chalmet is American and Kaluuya is British as are the other three nominees (Josh O’Connor, Florence Pugh and Tessa Thompson). Only two of the 12 winners of this award to date have been American: Shia LaBeouf (2008) and Kristen Stewart (2010).
While the other three British nominee are little-known outside the UK, Kaluuya stars in one of the biggest hits of the year world-wide. His film is a leading Oscar contender and he reaped a Best Actor bid at the Academy Awards as well. This one-time star of Channel 4’s teen drama “Skins” went on to star in the TV series “Babylon” and “Black Mirror.” He then had scene-stealing turns in “Sicario” and “Kick-Ass 2” and is showcased in the massive hit “Black Panther.”
Chalamet had a string of strong film credits prior to “Call Me By Your Name,” including a pivotal part in Christopher Nolan‘s “Interstellar.” He also featured in another of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture – “Lady Bird” – as well as the critically acclaimed “Hostiles.”
Last year’s Rising Star winner was Tom Holland. As with Chalamet and Kaluuya, he didn’t feel like a newcomer years after his breakout role in “The Impossible” (2012), which was followed by “In The Heart of the Sea” (2015) and then his portrayal of Peter Parker (a.k.a Spider-Man) in “Captain America: Civil War” (2016).
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