LONDON — The British Film and Television Academy unveiled the nominees for its audience prize, the Orange Rising Star Award, on Wednesday, with Chris O’Dowd, Adam Deacon, Chris Hemsworth, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston up for the accolade.
The nominees, which have been selected by the British public (or specifically customers of cellphone company Orange), have been whittled down from a list of eight, which interestingly saw all three female longlist nominees — Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Felicity Jones — slashed from the list.
Nominations aim to recognize five international thesps whose talent has “captured the imagination of the public.”
The five nominees have arguably passed the “rising” stage of their career as they have all made an impact on the film biz in the past year.
Irish thesp O’Dowd, who is well known in Blighty for his role on the TV program “The IT Crowd,” broke into the global public eye this year with his perf in “Bridesmaids.” He can next be seen in Judd Apatow’s “This Is 40,” with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann.
British actor Hiddleston was seen on the big screen in Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor,” and more recently had roles in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” and “The Deep Blue Sea.” He just wrapped filming “The Avengers.”
Fellow brit Redmayne burst onto the film scene this year in “My Week With Marilyn,” in which he stars alongside Michelle Williams and Judi Dench.
Australian thesp Hemsworth landed the title role in “Thor,” and will reprise the role in “The Avengers” this year. He is also starring in Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” with Kirsten Stewart, and will play Formula One driver James Hunt in Ron Howard’s “Rush.”
Deacon is best known in the U.K. for his roles in Noel Clarke’s “Kidulthood,” “Adulthood” and “4,3,2,1,” and this year co-wrote, helmed and toplined in Brit urban comedy “Anuvahood.”
Previous winners of the Rising Star Award include Tom Hardy, James McAvoy, Eva Green and Shia LaBeouf.
The winner will be announced at the BAFTA Awards on Feb. 12.