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BAFTA EE Rising Star Awards reveal nominees

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Actors Naomi Aki, Sheila Atim, Emma Mackie, Daryl McCormack and Amy Lou Wood are the 2023 nominees for the BAFTA EE Rising Star Awards.

The five actors, who are all British, were selected for displaying “exceptional talent in film over the past year” and capturing “the imagination of the British public”. Previous winners include James McAvoy, Eva Green, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Tom Holland, Letitia Wright, Michael Ward, Bucky Bakray and last year’s winner Lashana Lynch.

Broadcaster Edith Bowman announced the nominees at The Savoy Hotel in London on Tuesday. Akey, Atim and McCormack attended the event and discussed their career paths with Bowman.

Aki, whose credits include “The End of the F***ing World”, “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” and “Small Axe”, currently tops the UK box office charts with “Whitney Houston”. : I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” in which she plays Huston. She previously won the Most Promising Newcomer award at the British Independent Film Awards.

Atim has credits in “The Underground Railroad” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and co-starred in “The Woman King” with Viola Davis. In 2018, Atim won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance in “Girl from the North Country”. at the Old Vic Theatre. He was named one diversity’10 Brits to Watch’ in 2020 and was awarded an MBE for services to drama in 2019.

Mackie’s credits include “Sex Education,” “Eiffel” and “Death on the Nile,” and she played Emily Brontë in “Emily,” which opened the platform competition at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival.

McCormack’s breakthrough role was in “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” in which he played the lead opposite Emma Thompson. Her credits include “Bad Sisters” and “Peaky Blinders.”

Aimee Lou Wood won Female Performance in a Comedy Program at the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards for “Sex Education” and was nominated for her role in the same category in 2022. He made an impact in 2022 with award contender “Living.”

Opening the ceremony, BAFTA chief executive Jane Millichip said this year’s nominees would make casting director Mary Selway, in whose honor the Rising Star Award was founded 18 years ago, proud.

“Recognising and supporting creative talent is of the utmost importance to us at BAFTA which is why we are delighted to continue our partnership with EE and the EE Rising Star Awards,” added Millichip in a statement. “This year’s five nominees have demonstrated a breathtaking ability to tell stories and create characters that resonate with their audiences, and it is now up to the British public to decide who will receive the award on February 19.”

BAFTA’s Rising Star Awards are the only British Academy Film Awards to be decided by the public. Voting is now open.

The BAFTA Film Awards will be broadcast from the Royal Festival Hall at London’s Southbank Center on the evening of 19 February. This year’s nominations will be announced on Thursday.

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