The Brits have done us proud again by leading the way in nominations for the coveted Rising Star Award at this years BAFTA ceremony.

The five actors nominated are former Bond girl, Gemma Arterton, Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson, soon-to-be Spiderman Andrew Garfield, Tom Hardy who gave an exceptional performance as Charles Bronson and the only American, Zombieland actress Emma Stone.

Speaking about her nomination, Arterton said:

“I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be one of the shortlisted actors for the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award. 2010 was an incredible year for me and to be recognised in this way by both my peers and the film-going public is amazing.

“I’m in very good company with the other actors who have been nominated, so it is a huge compliment to be considered to win this prestigious award.”

The award is particularly special as it is the only one which is voted for by the public. Previous winners include Shia LaBeouf and Kristen Stewart, who have both gone on to be mega stars.

The nominees have been hand picked by the judging panel, which includes rapper Ben Drew (Plan B), director Tom Ford and journalist Charles Gant. This year the award, also known as the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award, will be announced at the BAFTAs on February 13.

In other British film news, a recent survey has revealed that the Michael Caine, Sixties classic The Italian Job is the greatest British film of all time. The poll, commissioned by Sky Movies HD, also revealed that Sir Anthony Hopkins is considered the greatest British actor, followed by Laurence Olivier and then Michael Caine. Dame Judi Dench was the favourite actress.

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