Juno Temple, Elizabeth Olsen and Andrea Riseborough lead women dominated BAFTA rising star shortlist

By Daniel S Levine,

The shortlist for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ annual rising star award is filled with women, who take up four of the five slots. The list includes Juno Temple and Elizabeth Olsen, as well as Suraj Sharma, the only man included.

Temple, who had a small role in The Dark Knight Rises and also starred in 2007’s Atonement, and Andrea Riseborough, who appeared in Madonna’s W.E., both attended the event at the BAFTA headquarters in London on Monday. The British actresses are up against Martha Marcy May Marlene star Olsen and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who starred in Anna Karenina, notes Reuters.

Sharma is the youngest on the list at 19. The Indian actor starred in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.

“To even be counted amongst this and the last seven years' rising star nominees feels utterly phenomenal!” Riseborough told The Telegraph. “Bafta nurtures new talent throughout the international film community so I am so very grateful to be given this fantastic opportunity, and look forward to us celebrating the kind recognition together.”

“I'm so honoured, truly down to my toes,” Temple said. “And I think it's so exciting to be up there with these amazing, amazing young talented actors that are doing such beautiful work. And it's so good to be part of a British Bafta thing.”

The judging panel included Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch, director Kevin Macdonald and critic Mark Kermode. Their list will go to a public vote, with a winner chosen on Feb. 10.

Last year’s list didn’t include any women. Previous winners include Shia LaBeouf, James McAvoy and Kristen Stewart.



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