Ariana DeBose, Lashana Lynch, Harris Dickinson, Millicent Simmonds and Kodi Smit-McPhee nominated for EE BAFTA Rising Star Award

Ariana DeBose, Lashana Lynch, Harris Dickinson, Millicent Simmonds and Kodi Smit-McPhee are this year’s nominees for the EE BAFTA Rising Star Award.

The shortlist was unveiled at BAFTA headquarters in London via a virtual event featuring Edith Bowman and last year’s winner Bukky Bakray on Tuesday (01.02.22) and the winner – who will be chosen by public vote – will be announced at the BAFTA Film Awards on March 13.

Edith called it an “honour” to be back and part of the award announcement.

The 48-year-old broadcaster said: “I’m incredibly delighted to be back at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly to announce the nominees for this year’s EE Rising Star award. It’s an honor to help recognize such shining stars. in the film industry, the level of talent of nominees never fails to inspire me. Now it’s up to moviegoers across the UK to vote for their favorite nominee, because it’s the only award that’s determined by the UK public. Be sure to check out each of the brilliant films from the nominees and make your vote count!”

Ariana – who scooped the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Steven Spielberg’s remake of ‘West Side Story’ – was “blown away” by the nod.

The 30-year-old actress said: “I am beyond humbled to join the group of talented actors who have been nominated for the EE Rising Star award over the years. To say I am excited is an understatement, and I am so grateful to BAFTA and the EE Rising Star Award jury for this recognition. Truly blown away.

Harris – who can be seen in Matthew Vaughn’s ‘The King’s Man’ – called it “an honor” to be recognized by such a “prestigious institution”.

The 25-year-old actor said: “”Many thanks to both the BAFTAs and EE for this nomination. Every year I have looked at the EE Rising Star award with great admiration and respect, so to be included in this category is a real honor. The fact that we can collectively tell stories for a living is reward enough for me, but to be noticed by such a prestigious institution really means a lot.

Millicent was just 12 when she starred in Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’ in 2017 and was recently seen in ‘A Quiet Place 2’, admitted her inclusion in the roster meant ‘the world’ to her.

The 18-year-old actress said: “I’m so honored to be considered for this prestigious BAFTA award and to be in such good company with the actors who were previously nominated, as well as my fellow nominees. I am so grateful to receive this recognition for something I love to do and I sincerely want to thank the EE Rising Star Award judging panel for including me in. It means the world to me.

Lashana – who made history as the first black woman to take on the role of 007 in ‘No Time to Die’ – was “thrilled” to be in such illustrious company.

The 34-year-old actress said: “The EE Rising Star award is one I’ve always admired for recognizing exciting emerging talent. I’m so thrilled for my fellow nominees who inspire me and others, as we Let’s continue to fight for change in our industry and in the world. I’m proud to be able to do that in times like these.”

Kodi – who recently picked up a Golden Globe for his turn in ‘The Power of the Dog’ – expressed his “utmost gratitude” for being recognized.

The 25-year-old actor said: “I have the deepest gratitude to be considered alongside my fellow EE Rising Star nominees at this year’s BAFTA Film Awards ceremony. I am beyond humbled to be considered for an award that celebrates such extraordinary young talent.”

The selection panel consisted of BAFTA and television president Krishnendu Majum, actress and director Sadie Frost, actress Michelle Dockery and casting directors Lucy Bevan and Leo Davis, producer Uzma Hasan and talent agent Ikki El-Amriti.

Voting is now open at ee.co.uk/BAFTA.

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