The BAFTAs, a.k.a. the British Oscars, have a special category devoted to honoring up-and-coming screen talent. It’s called the Rising Star Award, and previous recipients have included Kristen Stewart, Shia LaBeouf, Eva Green, James McAvoy, and Doctor Who star Noel Clarke. A public vote determines the winners.
This year’s nominees include four Brits who will be familiar to Anglophenia readers: former Bond girl Gemma Arterton, Social Network star and future Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, Inception actor Tom Hardy, and Aaron Johnson, who starred in the thriller Kick-Ass and played the young John Lennon in the film Nowhere Boy.
Arterton was named one of our Hottest British Actresses of 2010, while Hardy, Garfield, and Johnson were on our Actors list. With his role as Peter Parker in the 2012 reboot of Spider-Man building anticipation, Garfield was No. 3 on our list of British Stars To Watch in 2011.
American actress Emma Stone is the fifth nominee up for the Rising Star award. She won plaudits for her starring role in the comedy Easy A, and she’s set to appear opposite Garfield in Spider-Man.
The winner of the BAFTA Rising Star Award will be announced on the BAFTA telecast on February 13.