Perditax (agnes_perdita) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

BAFTA rising star nominee list features not one white dude When will their under-representation end?

British actresses Juno Temple and Andrea Riseborough lead the way in a female-dominated race for the EE Bafta Rising Star Award 2013.

The shortlist is a stark contrast to last year's, which featured no women at all.

The Dark Knight Rises actress Temple and W.E.'s Riseborough are joined by Elizabeth Olsen and Anna Karenina's Alicia Vikander in the running for the award recognising new talent in the film industry.

Life Of Pi star Suraj Sharma is the only male nominee on the shortlist, selected by a judging panel including Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch and director Kevin Macdonald.

Previous winners include James McAvoy, Tom Hardy, Eva Green, Shia LaBeouf and Kristen Stewart.

The award is voted for by the public and the winner will be announced February 10.

Elizabeth Olsen
At 17, Elizabeth moved to New York to study acting at the Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating she took Sundance by storm in 2011 when she appeared in not one but two of the most highly praised films in the festival: Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House. Since her breakthrough, Elizabeth has continued her rise to fame, appearing in diverse and challenging roles. Most recently Elizabeth has completed production on the Spike Lee directed remake of Oldboy, opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin.

Andrea Riseborough
Home grown talent Andrea graduated from RADA in 2005 and quickly began to accumulate critical acclaim and awards for her stage and screen work. She made her film debut in Roger Michell’s Venus. Roles in Never Let Me Go, Brighton Rock and Mike Leigh’s comedy-drama Happy Go Lucky soon followed. Noted for her extensive research and versatility, Andrea has also starred as both a young Margaret Thatcher in Margaret Thatcher –The Long Walk to Finchley and Wallis Simpson in W.E. Her upcoming roles include Oblivion opposite Tom Cruise, Disconnect with Jason Bateman, and Hidden in which she stars with Alexander Skaarsgard.

Suraj Sharma
Until recently 19 year old Suraj was living a quiet, middle class life with his parents in the suburbs of South Delhi. But, after an extensive search throughout India, Suraj was picked from 3,000 hopefuls to star in director Ang Lee’s 3D epic, Life of Pi. Before taking on the role, Suraj had no previous acting experience – in fact he only attended the audition because his brother promised to buy him lunch – but he quickly impressed Ang Lee. The director had complete faith in his young lead, describing Suraj as a “gift from god” and a “great actor in a past life”.

Juno Temple
In just a few years, Juno Temple has firmly established herself as one of the most versatile and talented young actresses in Hollywood. Her breakthrough arrived when she won the role of Cate Blanchett’s rebellious, brooding daughter in Notes on a Scandal. This led to her appearance in the BAFTA and Oscar-winning film Atonement, opposite Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan. Since then a variety of well received film roles have followed, most recently opposite Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch in the darkly comic Killer Joe. She will next be seen in Maleficent opposite Angelina Jolie.

Alicia Vikander
Swedish born Alicia trained with The Royal Swedish Ballet for nine years before dedicating herself to acting. After appearing in several shorts and Swedish TV shows, she made her big-screen debut in Lisa Langseth’s Pure. 2012 saw Alicia burst onto the international scene with two major roles: Anna Karenina opposite Keira Knightley and Jude Law and the period drama A Royal Affair with Mads Mikkelsen. Most recently Alicia has starred in the Warner Bros. feature The Seventh Son.


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Tags: award show - bafta, british celebrities, olsens

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