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BAFTA Rising Star Nominees: Dane DeHaan, George MacKay, Lupita Nyong’o, Will Poulter, Léa Seydoux

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 2:30am PST

baftas_2013_logoBAFTA‘s EE Rising Star Award nominees are actors and actresses who have “demonstrated exceptional talent” and are “destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema,” the British Academy says. This year’s crop of five includes Dane DeHaan, George MacKay, Lupita Nyong’o, Will Poulter and Léa Seydoux. DeHaan was recently seen in Kill Your Darlings and will play Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this summer. MacKay has been working since he was 10 and in 2013 starred in Sunshine On Leith, For Those In Peril and Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now. Nyong’o had a breakthrough in 2013 with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave and is up for a Golden Globe and an Indie Spirit as well as having taken critics’ prizes for her supporting turn. Poulter was in last summer’s We’re The Millers and will be seen in this year’s The Maze Runner. French actress Seydoux, who I named as an actor to watch in Cannes 2013, is one of the stars of Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color and has also appeared in such international films as Midnight In Paris, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Farewell, My Queen. She’s next up in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel which opens Berlin in February. The winner of the Rising Star prize will be selected by a public vote ( and announced at the BAFTA film … Read More »

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Lupita Nyong’o & Composer Thomas Newman On Palm Springs Fest Honors List

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014 -- smallPalm Springs, CA (December 9, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Lupita Nyong’o with the Breakthrough Performance Award for 12 Years a Slave and Thomas Newman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for Saving Mr. Banks at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen and Julia Roberts. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-13, 2014.

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