The BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award has announced this year’s nominees: Shia LaBeouf, Sienna Miller, Ellen Page, Sam Riley and Tang Wei.
The award, now in its third year, recognises actors who are breaking through as major public talents, it is not a true beginner’s award. Past winners are James McAvoy and Eva Green.
Producer Duncan Kenworthy chaired the industry jury, including Eva Green, that selected the nominees from a long list submitted by BAFTA members and industry figures.
The prize, in honour of late casting director Mary Selway,is the only BAFTA award to be voted on by the UK public. Fans can vote at the Orange website or via text message.
The five nominees must appear in a film entered for BAFTA consideration this year. LaBoeuf recently appeared in Transformers and Disturbia; Miller in Factory Girl and Interview; Page in Juno; Riley in Control; and Wei in Lust, Caution.
The winner is unveiled at the BAFTAs on Feb 10.
‘This is the third year of the Orange Rising Star Award which has previously been awarded to the huge talents of James McAvoy & Eva Green, who, since they won, have both gone on to show why they were worthy winners,’ said Finola Dwyer, chairman of the BAFTA Film Committee. ‘We are pleased to be working with Orange again on the awards and we’re sure that the five nominees for the Orange Rising Star Award will ensure that this will be one of the most exciting awards of the night.’