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Hemsworth, O’Dowd chase BAFTA Star

Longlist includes Hiddleston, Redmayne

LONDON — Four Brits, two Americans, one Australian and one Irishman are on the longlist for BAFTA’s Orange Rising Star Award.

The contenders include Tom Hiddleston, Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Adam Deacon, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Hemsworth and Chris O’Dowd.

They were chosen by an industry jury including Simon Pegg, Sienna Miller and helmer David Yates.

The five nominees, to be announced Jan. 17, will be picked from this list by customers of cell-phone company Orange. The winner will be voted by the public, and announced as part of the British Academy Film Award ceremony Feb. 12.

In the past, the winner has always been the candidate appearing in the highest grossing film.

By that yardstick, favorites for this year’s prize include Hemsworth (“Thor”), O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) and Hiddleston, whose upcoming “War Horse” will be fresh in theaters during the voting period.

However, Deacon, who is unknown outside the U.K., has a fervent fanbase among Brit teens for his roles in urban youth movies such as “Kidulthood” and his directorial debut “Anuvahood.”

Chastain and Lawrence remain relatively unfamiliar to U.K. auds, though Lawrence may benefit from advance awareness of “Hunger Games.”

Previous winners include Tom Hardy (“Inception”), Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”), Noel Clarke (“Adulthood”), James McAvoy (“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”) and Eva Green (“Casino Royale”).

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