Two British actors, one American, one French and one Mexico-born, Kenya-raised actress make up the shortlist for BAFTA's 2014 nominations for their EE Rising Star Award, annually awarded to an up and coming actor who had a breakthrough the previous year.
George Mackay and Will Poulter, the two Brits on the list, were on hand for the nomination announcement this morning alongside Lea Seydoux, the French actress nominated in large part because of Blue is the Warmest Color, the controversial but critically lauded romantic drama that won last year's Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. Mackay played Saoirse Ronan's cousin/love interest in How I Live Now, while Poulter starred in American comedy hit We're the Millers.
Lupita Nyong'o, who landed the role shortly after graduating from Yale Drama School, also has a Screen Actors Guild nomination and a Golden Globe nomination in addition to her nomination here for her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. Another BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress as well as an Oscar nom are probably not too far behind either.
Dane DeHaan starred in Chronicle and will probably soon be recognized a lot more for playing Harry Osborn in this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Before that, he won critics over with indies The Place Beyond the Pines and Kill Your Darlings.
Now that the shortlist is out, the public can vote for their favorite right here, with the winner to be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony on Sunday 16 February 2014.
Brendon's note: It's the first time in years I didn't attend the announcement… and it's the best line-up yet.