- The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award is the only award at the Orange British Academy Film - Awards to be voted for by the British public - The winner will be announced at the awards on 13 February 2011 - Previous winners include: James McAvoy, Eva Green, Shia LaBeouf, Noel Clarke, Kristen Stewart Today at the BAFTA Headquarters, jury member, film director, actor and award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Drew (aka Plan B) announced the hotly anticipated nominees for the newly named Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award 2011. The nominations recognise five international actors and actresses whose talent has captured the imagination of the British public. The nominees are:
Gemma Arterton Andrew Garfield Tom Hardy Aaron Johnson Emma Stone
Orange’s accolade for up and coming talent is the only award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards that is voted for by the public and for the first time this year, allowed Orange Wednesdays customers to be part of the selection process. Voting takes place both at orange.co.uk/bafta and via text. The winner will be announced at the star-studded Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 13 February 2011. Previous winners of the award include James McAvoy in 2006, Eva Green in 2007, Shia LaBeouf in 2008, Noel Clarke in 2009 and Kristen Stewart in 2010. This year the award has been renamed the ‘Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award’ to celebrate that for the first time in the award’s history, Orange Wednesdays customers have been given the responsibility to select the final five that are now open to the public vote. Potential rising stars were proposed by BAFTA members and leading film industry insiders to create an initial list of contenders, who have appeared in several feature films, with at least one of those films released in the current awards year, 1 January to 31 December 2010. The jury, consisting of actors, casting directors, film directors, media representatives and chaired by Finola Dwyer, chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, then selected the longlist of eight that went out to Orange Wednesdays customers. Ben Drew, Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award juror, commented: “It was a great honour to be invited on the jury panel for the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star award this year. I recently directed my first feature film and therefore know there is a wealth of inspiring rising talent out there and it is awards such as these that help these guys get their names in lights. I am really pleased with the final five for this year’s award. It shows a great breadth of talent and I think these guys are all truly deserving of this accolade – I can’t wait to see who the public vote for.” Finola Dwyer, Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award jury chair and chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said: “It is so important to involve the general public in helping us determine the stars of the future, which is why the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award is such a fantastic initiative. Our final five are truly representative of the rising stars who are capturing film fans hearts and minds, and I look forward to congratulating our winner on the night!” This year’s Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award jury was made up of: Ben Drew (director and musician), Lucy Bevan (casting director), Tom Ford (director), Peter Sarsgaard (actor), Natascha McElhone (actress), Mike Newell (director), Laura Symons (film publicist), Charles Gant (film journalist), Jamie Graham (Deputy Editor, Total Film), Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Film Editor, Metro), Hannah Marriott (Entertainment Editor, Grazia), Geoff Lloyd (Hometime Show DJ, Absolute Radio) and Robbie Collin (Film Critic, News of the World). The jury was chaired by BAFTA- and Oscar-nominated producer Finola Dwyer. The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award was created in honour of Mary Selway, the highly respected BAFTA-winning casting director whose career spanned three decades and over ninety films before she died in 2004. She worked with notable directors such as Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, Clint Eastwood and Ridley Scott, contributing to the creation of some of the silver screen's most memorable characters.