BAFTA’s 2018 Rising Star nominees announced

BAFTA has announced the five actors in contention for this year’s Rising Star award.

The prize – voted for by members of the public – honours “a young actor or actress who has demonstrated exceptional talent and ambition and has begun to capture the imagination of the British public.”

Left to right: Daniel Kaluuya, Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor, Tessa Thompson, Timothée Chalamet. Image courtesy BAFTA.

This year’s nominees are Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, Lady Macbeth’s Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor from God’s Own Country, Tessa Thompson, who’s best known as Valkyrie in the Thor films and Timothée Chalamet, whose role in Call Me By Your Name is already being recognised by awards-bodies including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild.

Previous winners of the Rising Star award have included Tom Holland in 2017, the year he reached mainstream audiences as the new Spider-Man, John Boyega, who rose to prominence the previous year, after his first outing as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jack O’Connell, Will Poulter, Juno Temple and Tom Hardy.

The full list of nominations in the categories voted for by Academy members will be announced next week.