The battle to scoop this year’s BAFTA Rising Star Award looks set to be a testosterone-fuelled race to the top, judging by the amount of XY chromosomes in the shortlist.
This year’s list features Adam Deacon, Chris O’Dowd, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston. Apparently, according to judges Sienna Miller, Simon Pegg and David Yates, there were no worthy female talents ripe for nomination this year. Frankly, we find this rather odd.
Our very own honourable mention goes to Olivia Colman for her breathtaking performance as Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Acting alongside Meryl’s Maggie can’t have been easy and what with that and her moving performance in Tyrannosaur, she did herself proud in 2011.
Also absent is Jessica Chastain. This festy American appeared in pretty much every film in 2011 (we exaggerate a little), and gave some stunning performances as Celia Foote in The Help and Mrs O’Brien in The Tree Of Life.
Here is the OTB lowdown on who is in the running this year.
Adam Deacon: Star of Kidulthood and ingeniously named sequel, Adulthood. This young actor, Hackney born and bred, also turned his hand to directing and writing with the not so ingeniously titled comedy spoof, Anuvahood. Perhaps yet to prove his versatility as an on-screen presence…then again, Hugh Grant has been reasonably successful I s’pose.
Chris Hemsworth: This Aussie actor shot to fame after landing the title role in Thor. He is set to reprise the role as hammer-wielding god of thunder in The Avengers later this year and also will be starring opposite previous BAFTA winner(!), Kristen Stewart, in Snow White and The Huntsman. An impressive talent with an impressive chest, Chris is one of our faves to scoop the award.
Chris O’Dowd: This furry-faced funnyman first hit our screens on The IT Crowd before he got his big break into film with The Boat That Rocked. He has since had some better paid roles in Gulliver’s Travels and Bridesmaids. He will next be seen in Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 alongside Paul Rudd. We’re glad to see some funny Brit faces in Tinseltown and he is an interesting nominee but we have to admit, O’Dowd doesn’t strike us as someone who really stood out last year…
Eddie Redmayne: This Eton educated chap came to the serious attention of critics after his performance as Colin in My Week With Marilyn. Having recently finished filming Birdsong, an adaptation of the much-loved Sebastian Faulks novel, Redmayne is sure to secure himself a place in the hearts of the British public – with or without this award. His next destination? The film version of Les Miserables.
Tom Hiddleston: RADA graduate Tom broke onto the big screen earlier this year in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor and has gone from strength to strength. His short but memorable performance as Captain Nicholls in Spielberg’s new release, War Horse, marked him out as a real talent when set against a large and already impressive cast. A nice man and a genuine talent – fingers crossed for him.
Hopefully 2012 will be a better year for the ladies…or perhaps they will simply just choose some better judges.