2014 EE Rising Star Award Nominees Announced; Ceremony Set for Feb 16

2014 EE Rising Star Award Nominees Announced; Ceremony Set for Feb 16

Today at BAFTA's headquarters, 195 Piccadilly, the nominations for the prestigious EE Rising Star Award 2014 were revealed. The nominations represent five actors and actresses who have demonstrated exceptional talent, and are destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema.

The nominees for 2014 are:

DANE DEHAAN became one of the most talked-about young actors in Hollywood, thanks to his highly praised stage and television roles, including Jesse in HBO drama In Treatment. He gained more plaudits for his starring role in the camcorder superhero film Chronicle in 2012. Last year, he featured in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, starred opposite Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines and DeHaan was recently seen in Kill Your Darlings opposite Daniel Radcliffe. Next summer, Dane will line up alongside Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as Peter Parker's old friend Harry Osborn.

Commenting on his nomination, DeHaan said: "I am so thankful to BAFTA for considering me for this award. It's a huge honor and humbling experience to be recognized amongst such a talented group of actors."

GEORGE MACKAY began his film career aged 10, when he landed the role of Curly in PJ Hogan's Peter Pan. A series of impressive roles followed and in 2009, George earned nominations from the British Independent Film Awards and the Critics' Circle Awards for his performance in Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back. George featured in three acclaimed films released in a single month, in October 2013. He took the lead role in musical Sunshine on Leith; he played a tortured survivor in BAFTA winning director Paul Wright's For Those in Peril; and Eddie in Kevin Macdonald's apocalyptic tale How I Live Now.

At the announcement, George MacKay said: "This award seems to be about looking forward, and it's both humbling and exciting to be amongst a group of people who share that goal; thank you BAFTA for sharing and supporting that ideal."

LUPITA NYONG'O was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated in the USA, where she graduated from the Yale School of Drama's acting program. She made a stunning feature debut as Patsey, in Steve McQueen's unflinchingly brutal 12 Years a Slave. This breakthrough performance was honoured with the New Hollywood Award and helped to cement her place on Variety's admired annual 10 Actors to Watch list. As well as acting, Lupita is also an award-winning film-maker. She wrote, directed, and produced In My Genes; a fascinating documentary about the treatment of Kenya's often misunderstood albino population.

Lupita Nyong'O commented: "I am absolutely delighted to be nominated for the EE Rising Star Award and feel so honoured to be in the company of past and present nominees."

WILL POULTER made his feature debut in the quirky British comedy Son of Rambow, where he gained critical acclaim and earned himself a nomination for most promising newcomer at the 2007 British Independent Film Awards. He has proved to be as comfortable with Hollywood A-listers as he is with small-budget Brit flicks. He recently starred alongside Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in the outrageous We're the Millers, and more recently took the lead in Dexter Fletcher's gritty UK independent film, Wild Bill. This performance saw Will pick up a nomination for young British performer of the year at the London Critics' Circle Awards.

Will Poulter said: 'It is an absolute honour to be nominated for this award. To be recognised by BAFTA in a category which ultimately is judged by the public is truly special. Thank you!'