Bafta Rising Star Nominees Announced
SHIA LaBEOUF, Sienna Miller and ELLEN PAGE have all been nominated for the Orange Rising Star award at the British Academy Film And Television Awards (BAFTAs) this year (08). The actors will compete against Sam Riley, star of Joy Division biopic Control and Lust, Caution's Tang Wei for the prize, which seeks to recognise up-and-coming performers demonstrating "exceptional talent". The category was established in honour of late casting director Mary Selway, who died in 2004, with the inaugural gong going to Scottish actor James MCAvoy. Casino Royale star Eva Green, who won the award last year (07), announced the nominees on Tuesday (08Jan08), saying, "This year's five nominees are all actors who have really stood out in their work and I'm sure we'll see a lot more of them throughout 2008." The honour is the only one of the BAFTAs voted for the public. The winner will be announced at the official ceremony on 10 February (08).