BAFTA taps five rising stars

Bernal, McAdams, Ejiofor among noms for new kudo

LONDON — Rachel McAdams, Gael Garcia Bernal, Michelle Williams and Brits James McAvoy and Chiwetel Ejiofor are in the running for the inaugural Orange rising star award, to be dished out at the British Academy Film Awards on Feb. 19.

Winner is decided by a public vote, which closes three days before the awards. Nod replaces the Orange film of the year award, which also was decided by the public.

A jury, including Alan Parker, Cate Blanchett and Film London’s Adrian Wootton, whittled down 25 names put forward by BAFTA members and distribs to the final five.

BAFTA film chairman David Parfitt stressed that the rising star prize is “not a true beginner’s award” but focused on a genuine “film star in the making” who already has several features in the bank.

Two of the five nominees must be British and candidates must have appeared in a feature released in the U.K. in the previous BAFTA year.

Award was created in honor of casting director Mary Selway (“Gosford Park,” “Notting Hill”), who died in 2004.

Votes may be cast at or via text message.

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