The BAFTAS have just released their nominees for 2017’s Rising Star award, nominating some of this year’s breakout actors for the only award voted on by the UK public. Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”), Tessa Thompson (“Thor: Ragnarok”) and Josh O’Connor (“God’s Own Country”) make up the shortlist this year, spotlighting the group’s performances in hits like “Get Out,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Call Me By Your Name.”
Chalamet’s role as the young, yearning Elio to Armie Hammer’s Oliver was the highlight of the romantic coming of age drama “Call Me By Your Name,” with Chalamet’s performance often cited as a highlight of the film. He’s already earned multiple breakout actor awards for his performance as Elio, along with a Golden Globe nomination. He said of the nomination:
British audiences embraced the film in a uniquely strong and passionate way. I feel an enduring sense of gratitude seeing this response echoed around the world, and for being included in this category.
Kaluuya, the lead of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” has received Golden Globe, SAG and Gotham acting nominations for his role as the unsuspecting Chris Washington. He told The Guardian he was “honoured and grateful to Bafta (sic)” and was looking forward to “[celebrating the nomination] in [his] home city.” Kaluuya will be back on the big screen next month in Marvel’s highly anticipated “Black Panther” solo film, according to Variety.
Kaluuya isn’t the only actor in the MCU who made waves in 2017; Thompson won over fans and critics alike with her portrayal of Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok.” The actor previously starred in “Selma” and “Dear White People” before joining the MCU as the last surviving warrior of the Asguardian Valkyrie.
Alongside Thompson is Pugh, who earned praise for her role as Katherine in William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth.” She said of the nomination:
The journey to get to this rewarding moment has been exhilarating, and so to feel recognition for doing something I love and the hard work many have put in feels very touching. It’s a very proud moment indeed.
O’Connor, who’s also appeared on the hits “Peaky Blinders” and “The Durrells,” is the final actor on the shortlist for his performance in “God’s Own Country,” where he played the gay, angry sheep farmer Johnny Saxby. He’s already won the award for best actor at the British Independent Film Awards, the Stockholm Film Festival, and the best acting award (shared with Kiti Mánver) at the Madrid International LGBT Film Festival. O’Connor said the making of “God’s Own Country” was a “special experience” and that no one involved in the project “expected the incredible journey it has been on the in past year.”
Voting for the award is officially open, and the winner will be announced during the BAFTA ceremony on Feb. 18.
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