Award Season is going to be with us soon and BAFTA are already putting together a panel of industry folk to whittle down the nominations for the EE Rising Star Award. Lending her critical eye to proceedings this year is British actress Gemma Arterton.
Gemma Arterton first caught our attention in St. Trinian’s. Having graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the role of Kelly Jones lead to a blink and you’ll miss it role as Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace (Daniel Craig kissed up her back a bit. Three minutes later she was dead), and a minor role in The Boat That Rocked, before she won the role of Tamina in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. From Byzantium to The Disappearance Of Alice Creed, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters to Song For Marion, she’s making a name for herself both in UK productions and Hollywood.
And now she’s to set her sights on the next generation of acting talent. The EE Rising Star Award is the only BAFTA prize voted for by the public, but a panel of judges is still required to create the short-list.
“I’m honoured to be part of this year’s EE Rising Star Award jury,” Arterton said. “I know industry support and recognition is crucial for success when you are starting out.”
Gemma will join the likes of Harry Potter casting director Karen Lindsay-Stewart, Nanny McPhee director Kirk Jones and In Bruges producer Peter Czernin. The short-list of worthy candidates will be announced on 6th January 2014.
Since the Rising Star award was introduced in 2005, the gong has gone to the following: James McAvoy (2005), Eva Green (2006), Shia LaBeouf (2007), Noel Clarke (2008), Kristen Stewart (2009), Tom Hardy (2010), Adam Deacon (2011) and Juno Temple (2012).
The next winner will be announced at the BAFTA ceremony on 16th February. Who do you think deserves to be on this year’s short-list?