Imeh Akpanudosen/GettyCreated in 2006 as a way of acknowledging the best new acting talent, the Rising Star is the only BAFTA award that's voted for by the general public. Here's a look at the five nominees hoping to follow in the footsteps of previous winners James McAvoy, Shia Labeouf and Kristen Stewart at this year's ceremony.Dane DeHaanFollowing a seven-episode stint on In Treatment, 27-year-old Dane DeHaan then starred as troubled superhero Andrew Detmer in the gripping found-footage sci-fi hit Chronicle, appeared alongside former Rising Star winner Tom Hardy in the Prohibition drama Lawless and played Ryan Gosling's son in The Place Beyond The Pines. Following rave reviews for his portrayal of Beat poet Lucien Carr in Kill Your Darlings, DeHaan will next be seen in zombie comedy Life After Beth and perhaps more notably, The Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.George Mackay21-year-old Mackay has already picked up a Scottish BAFTA for his performance in last year's fishing tragedy drama For Those In Peril. Before that, he appeared in a number of children's fantasy adventures (Peter Pan, The Thief Lord), starred as one of the Bielski brothers in Defiance and played Clive Owen's son in The Boys Are Back. While 2013 also saw him star opposite Saoirse Ronan in How I Live Now and showcase his vocal talents in The Proclaimers jukebox musical, Sunshine On Leith.Lupita Nyong'oThe oldest nominee on the list, 30-year-old Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised actress Nyong'o is also the least experienced in front of the camera with short film East River and MTV Base's controversial drama Shuga the only productions listed on her filmography before she landed her breakthrough role, female slave Patsey, in Steve McQueen's awards favorite 12 Years A Slave.Will PoulterThe youngest nominee at just 20, Poulter began his film career in 2008's under-rated coming-of-age comedy drama Son of Rambow before landing the role of Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. He continued to prove his talents in low-budget drama Wild Bill and stole the show from Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis as loveable dope Kenny in We're The Millers while this year will see him feature in British crime caper Plastic and the big-screen adaptation of The Maze Runner.Lea SeydouxBorn into one of France's most cinematic families, Seydoux grew up surrounded by a whole host of Hollywood stars and after working with the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen and Ridley Scott, has gradually become one herself. A three-time Cesar Award nominee for her roles in The Beautiful Person, Belle Epine and Farewell, My Queen, the 28-year-old is an outside bet for an Oscar nod thanks to her compelling performance in the Palme d'Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color.
Despite the rest of the 2014 BAFTA Award nominees not being announced until later this week, the five actors who will be competing for the annual Rising Star Award have been revealed. The list includes:
-Dane DeHaan, who played the murderous beatnik Lucien Carr in Kill Your Darlings-Lupita Nyong'o, who gave a devastating and unforgettable performance as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave -Lea Seydoux, who romanced Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue is the Warmest Color-Will Poulter, who costarred in the high-grossing comedy We're The Millers-George MacKay, who starred as a recently-discharged soldier in the British musical Sunshine on Leith
The winner will be determined by the public, and fans can vote for their favorite actor on the BAFTA website.
With all of the end-of-year lists, award nominations, and "breakthrough performance" articles that have been published lately, it's very likely that thesse Rising Star nods will get lost in the shuffle. However, if there's one award that film fans should really be paying attention to, its the Rising Star Award. Why? Well, it's the most exciting award that will be handed out in the coming months. That's right: more exciting than the Best Picture race or the possibility of your favorite, underappreciated television show winning a Golden Globe. And here's why:
Everything About Them Will Surprise YouFrom the moment it premiered at Cannes, Blue Is the Warmest Color has been one of the biggest and most critically acclaimed films of the year, resulting a steady stream of awards and accolades for its leading lady, Exarchopoulos. Despite making every single "breakout performance" list of the year and being a strong contender for an Oscar nomination, she was passed over in this category for her co-star, Seydoux. While Seydoux may have started off as the film's more recognizable name, with years of modeling and acting credits under her belt, she has been all but forgotten in the wake of Exarchopoulos' performance. As such, it was a surprise to see BAFTA name Seydoux on its Rising Star list, when everyone expected Exarchopoulos to be a lock. Perhaps they plan on nominating her for one of the main acting categories, perhaps they feel she has plenty more time to be nominated, or perhaps the panel of judges just wasn't that impressed with her work; whatever it is, it just goes to show that the Rising Star Award is the most unpredictable major film award around. Besides, if you can't even predict the nominees, just imagine what that will do for your awards bracket.
The Winners and Nominees Go on to Lead Huge CareersSince the award's inception in 2006, almost all of the winners have gone on to become blockbuster stars and acclaimed power players. James McAvoy, the first winner, took home the prize amidst awards buzz for his role in The Last King of Scotland, and then went on to star in major films like Atonement and X-Men: First Class. Other winners have included Eva Green, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, and Shia LaBeouf, all of whom have enjoyed a great deal of fame and success. But it's not just the winners who are able to make the transition from breakout to bankable movie star; all of the nominees have also seen their star power rise as a result of being placed on the shortlist. With actors like Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan, Michelle Williams, Cillian Murphy, Michael Fassbender, and Jesse Eisenberg all among the many nominees, the Rising Star Award may just be the most accurate indicator of who really is the next big thing in Hollywood. And considering that one of the actors McAvoy beat for the prize is 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor, there's no doubt that everyone on this list will go on to do big things, and you can now say that you discovered them first.
Everything Is Skewing YoungerAt only 20, Poulter is the youngest of the five nominees, and one of the youngest to ever be nominated, but this year, all of the nominees seem to be a lot younger than the usual selection. Because the Rising Star Award prides itself on recognizing great performances, regardless of age, nationality or gender, there has always been a good mix of ages on the list. When Hardy won at 33, his competition ranged from then 21-year-old Aaron Taylor-Johnson to 24-year-old Gemma Arterton to 27-year-old Garfield. However, this year, the oldest nominee is Nyong'o, who is only 30, which seems to recognize that the people who are giving the most incredible film performances are not necessarily the people studios have come to rely on. Sure, there's always a chance that a young performer will be nominated for an Oscar, but the Rising Star Award is the best way to recognize all of the young, talented performers currently working in Hollywood. Need someone to carry your action franchise? Look no further. Want to see a compelling, moving performance from an unexpected source? Consider this award your recommendation list. With so many young nominees this year, it's clear that something is shifting in Hollywood, and its refreshing to see a major film academy recognize that.
It's Anyone's GameWhat makes the Rising Star Award so interesting is that the results are entirely determined by the public, making it almost impossible to predict who will take home this year's prize. While Nyong'o has captured everyone's attention as Patsey, and Lea Seydoux has already won the Palm D'or, their captivating performances might not be enough to guarantee them a win. Often, it helps when an actor has a major film behind them, like with Stewart and the Twilight franchise, or Hardy's work in Inception, which might help sway things in Poulter or DeHaan's favor. While neither of their films have the same kind of following that Stewart and Hardy had, they've both been steadily gaining attention for some time now, and are set to play important roles in big upcoming franchises — The Maze Runner for Poulter and the sequel to The Amazing Spiderman for DeHaan. However, there's still the possibility of a complete surprise, like in 2012, when writer/director/rapper Adam Deacon, best known for his work on Kidulthood and Anuvahood beat out Chris O'Dowd, Eddie Redmayne, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, which means that things could end up swinging in MacKay's favor. There's no telling who will walk away with the title this year, which makes it more thrilling than watching the expected front-runner end up with the prize.
Vote for your favorite rising star online, and find out who will win this and all of the other BAFTA awards when the ceremony airs on February 16.
12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o, French actress Lea Seydoux, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Dane Dehaan are among the young actors nominated for the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts' (BAFTA) Rising Star Award. Kenyan actress Nyong'o has already won a Golden Globe Awards nomination and a Critics' Choice Awards nod for her feature film debut in Steve McQueen's Oscar-tipped epic, and now she will also do battle for zn coveted Rising Star title.
She will face Seydoux, who has won acclaim for her turn in Blue Is the Warmest Color, and DeHaan, who is set for stardom with a role in upcoming superhero blockbuster The Amazing Spiderman 2.
Also included in the list of nominees are British actors Will Poulter, who appeared opposite Jennifer Aniston in We're the Millers, and George MacKay, known for his roles in Sunshine on Leith and For Those In Peril.
The winner will be chosen by public vote and announced at the BAFTA ceremony in London on 16 February (14).
Previous winners include James McAvoy, Shia LaBeouf, Kristen Stewart and Tom Hardy.
First-time director Paul Wright is celebrating after his gritty drama For Those In Peril scored a double win at the 2013 BAFTA Scotland awards on Sunday (17Nov13). The movie, about a loner blamed for a tragedy on a remote Scottish fishing island, picked up two of the four prizes it was nominated for - Best Film and Best Actor/Actress (Film) for its leading star, George MacKay.
Meanwhile, Peter Mullan claimed the Best Actor/Actress TV honour for his role in gangster drama The Fear, and funnyman Brian Limond emerged victorious in the Best Comedy/Entertainment Programme category for Limmy's Show.
Meanwhile, veteran One Foot in the Grave star Richard Wilson, who was born in Greenock, Scotland, was presented with an accolade for his outstanding contribution to TV and film by former Dr. Who star David Tennant.
The ceremony, which took place in Glasgow, celebrates the best of Scottish entertainment and talent.
Gritty drama For Those In Peril leads the nominations at this year's (13) BAFTA Scotland awards with four nods. Paul Wright's movie, about a loner blamed for a tragedy on a remote Scottish fishing island, is up for Best Film, Best Director, Best Writer and Best Actor/Actress (Film) for its lead George MacKay.
The young star will face competition from Martin Compston (The Wee Man) and Iain De Caestecker (Not Another Happy Ending), while the film will be up against The Wee Man and Fire In The Night.
Wright will fight for the Best Director prize against Kenny Glenaan (Case Histories) and Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon (I Am Breathing).
Ford Kiernan (The Field of Blood: The Dead Hour), Peter Mullan (The Fear), and Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary) are all nominated in the Best Actor/Actress (TV) section.
The ceremony, which celebrates the best of Scottish entertainment talent, will take place in Glasgow on 17 November (13).
There's an allure to imperfection. With his latest drama Lawless director John Hillcoat taps directly into the side of human nature that draws us to it. Hillcoat finds it in Prohibition history a time when the regulations of alcohol consumption were subverted by most of the population; He finds it in the rural landscapes of Virginia: dingy raw and mesmerizing. And most importantly he finds it in his main character Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf) the scrappy third brother of a moonshining family who is desperate to prove his worth. Jack forcefully injects himself into the family business only to discover there's an underbelly to the underbelly. Lawless is a beautiful film that's violent as hell striking in a way only unfiltered Americana could be.
Acting as the driver for his two outlaw brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clarke) isn't enough for Jack. He's enticed by the power of the gangster figure and entranced by what moonshine money can buy. So like any fledgling entrepreneur Jack takes matters into his own hands. Recruiting crippled family friend/distillery mastermind Cricket (Dane DeHaan) the young whippersnapper sets out to brew his own batch sell it to top dog Floyd Banner and make the family rich. The plan works — but it puts the Bondurant boys in over their heads with a new threat: the corrupt law enforcers of Chicago.
Unlike many stories of crime life Lawless isn't about escalation. The movie drifts back and forth leisurely popping in moments like the beats of a great TV episode. One second the Bondurants could be talking shop with their female shopkeep Maggie Beauford (Jessica Chastain). The next Forrest is beating the bloody pulp out of a cop blackmailing their operation. The plot isn't thick; Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave preferring to bask in the landscapes the quiet moments the haunting terror that comes with a life on the other side of the tracks. A feature film doesn't offer enough time for Lawless to build — it recalls cinema-level TV currently playing on outlets like HBO and AMC that have truly spoiled us — but what the duo accomplish is engrossing.
Accompanying the glowing visuals and Cave's knockout workout on the music side (a toe-tapping mix of spirituals bluegrass and the writer/musician's spine-tingling violin) are muted performances from some of Hollywood's rising stars. Despite LaBeouf's off-screen antics he lights up Lawless and nails the in-deep whippersnapper. His playful relationship with a local religious girl (Mia Wasikowska) solidifies him as a leading man but like everything in the movie you want more. Tom Hardy is one of the few performers who can "uurrr" and "mmmnerm" his way through a scene and come out on top. His greatest sparring partner isn't a hulking thug but Chastain who brings out the heart of the impenetrable beast. The real gem of Lawless is Guy Pearce as the Bondurant trio's biggest threat. Shaved eyebrows pristine city clothes and a temper like a rabid wolverine Pearce's Charlie Rakes is the most frightening villain of 2012. He viciously chews up every moment he's on screen. That's even before he starts drawing blood.
Lawless is the perfect movie for the late August haze — not quite the Oscary prestige picture or the summertime shoot-'em-up. It's drama that has its moonshine and swigs it too. Just don't drink too much.
Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.