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Orange Wednesday Rising Star Award nominees announced

Tamara Drewe

Story by Jack Foley

GEMMA Arterton and Andrew Garfield are among the nominees for the 2011 Orange Wednesday Rising Star Awards at this year’s BAFTAs.

Musician and actor Ben Drew announced the shortlist at BAFTA HQ on Monday morning, when Tom Hardy, Emma Stone and Aaron Johnson were also included on the shortlist.

Orange’s accolade for up and coming talent is the only award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards that is voted for by the public and for the first time this year, allowed Orange Wednesdays customers to be part of the selection process.

Voting takes place both at and via text. The winner will be announced at the star-studded Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, February 13, 2011. Previous winners of the award include James McAvoy in 2006, Eva Green in 2007, Shia LaBeouf in 2008, Noel Clarke in 2009 and Kristen Stewart in 2010.

This year the award has been renamed the ‘Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award’ to celebrate that for the first time in the award’s history, Orange Wednesdays customers have been given the responsibility to select the final five that are now open to the public vote.

Potential rising stars were proposed by BAFTA members and leading film industry insiders to create an initial list of contenders, who have appeared in several feature films, with at least one of those films released in the current awards year, January 1 to December 31, 2010.

The jury, consisting of actors, casting directors, film directors, media representatives and chaired by Finola Dwyer, chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, then selected the longlist of eight that went out to Orange Wednesdays customers.

Of the nominees, Arterton has by far had the busiest 12 months, appearing in four movies. She made up the ensemble casts of box office blockbusters Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia as well as headlined British hit Tamara Drewe and was an indie hit in The Disappearance of Alice Creed.

Garfield has also enjoyed an incredible year, culminating with his appointment as the new Spider-Man in Sony’s forthcoming reboot. He was also part of the Oscar tipped ensemble for Facebook drama The Social Network, as well as forthcoming movie Never Let Me Go alongside Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan.

Tom Hardy shot to prominence playing real-life convict Bronson but shone as part of the ensemble for Christopher Nolan’s Inception. He’ll next be seen as Mad Max.

And Aaron Johnson began 2010 as Beatle John Lennon in Nowhere Boy, won widespread acclaim and popularity for his performance as a superhero with no powers in Kick-Ass and finished the year in Brit flick Chatroom.

Stone, the only American on the list, shone in last year’s teen comedy Easy A and has also appeared in the hits Superbad and Zombieland. She will next be seen alongside Garfield in the Spider-Man reboot as Gwen Stacey.