The British Academy of Film and Television Awards have announced their first nominees for the 2015 event. The five actors up for its prestigious EE Rising Star Award are proving to be very difficult to choose from.
Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Margot Robbie, Jack O’Connell and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are the nominees for the award this year. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Rising Star Award, typically used to honor young people in the business that have demonstrated exceptional talent and ambition. It is the only BAFTA award that is voted on by the general public.
The two Americans on the list are “Divergent” actors Teller and Woodley. The latter of the two had a banner year with her role in “The Fault in Our Stars.” The actress originally picked up steam thanks to her role in the 2011 movie “The Descendants,” where she starred alongside George Clooney.
Meanwhile, Teller’s year included the romantic comedy “That Awkward Moment” and “Divergent.” However, what likely put him on the BAFTA’s radar was his stellar performance in “Whiplash” alongside J.K. Simmons.
Margot Robbie joins the list thanks to her breakout role in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Lesser-known on this side of the Atlantic is Jack O’Connell, who originally appeared in the British version of the controversial TV series “Skins.” This year his roles in movies such as “’71” and “Starred Up” earned him a nomination. Finally, after appearing on British television shows like “Doctor Who,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw got her big break in the 2011 film “Larry Crowne.” Now, she’s accepting a nomination for her work on 2014’s “Beyond The Lights.”
According to Daily Mail, the award has been good to previous winner’s careers such as Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, Eva Green, Shia LeBeouf and James McAvoy. Fans who want to see their favorite of the 2015 nominees accept the award during the Feb. 8 show should go to the BAFTA’s official website to vote now.