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BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominees are All British for the First Time

For the first time in its 16 year history, all of the nominees for the BAFTA Rising Star Award are British. 

The British Academy has revealed today that Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami), Bukky Bakray (Rocks), Morfydd Clark (Saint Maud, The Personal History of David Copperfield), Sope Dirisu (His House, Gangs of London), and Conrad Khan (County Lines), will all be competing for this year’s honor. 

The only BAFTA award voted on by the public, previous year’s winners include Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Tom Holland, and Daniel KaluyuyaJames McAvoy won the first Rising Star award back in 2006, and Michael Ward won last year’s award against Awkwafina, Jack Lowden, Kaitlyn Dever, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Being voted on the public often leads to the award going to one of the British nominees among the group (apart from Stewart, Shia LaBeouf, and Eva Green are the only other non-Brit winners), and this year that streak will inevitably continue. 

Emma Baehr, BAFTA’s executive director of awards and content, said, “Recognizing and supporting creatives is at the heart of everything we do at BAFTA and it is particularly exciting to see talent shortlisted today who have been previously supported by our BAFTA Breakthrough program, part of our year-round work to showcase emerging and under-represented talent.” 

The BAFTAs will announce their full nominations in all categories on March 9th, with the awards ceremony currently set to take place on April 11th.

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Written by Mitchell Beaupre

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