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EE Rising Star Award shortlist announced

EE Rising Star nominees

The five nominees for this year's EE Rising Star Award - the only BAFTA to be voted for by the general public - have been announced at an event in London.

Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina, A Royal Affair), Andrea Riseborough (W.E.), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Juno Temple (Killer Joe) all made the shortlist.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, War Horse) sat on the jury to decide the shortlist, alongside industry figures including director Kevin Macdonald (Touching The Void, Marley) and film critic Mark Kermode.

Olsen, set to star in the upcoming remake of Oldboy, commented:"Being considered for this award is a huge honour.

"So many actors whom I admire have been recognised in this category and I'm very thankful to Bafta and the jury for selecting me."

Riseborough, who stars with Tom Cruise in new sci-fi thriller Oblivion, said it was "phenomenal" to be up for the award while The Dark Knight Rises star Temple said the public vote made the accolade "all the more exciting".

Pippa Harris, the jury chair and Deputy Chair of BAFTA's Film Committee, said: "This year the quality of emerging acting talent has been just incredible and the jury had a very tough job selecting the short list.

"It's great that the EE Rising Star Awards gives the general public the opportunity to champion their film stars of the future and I can't wait to see who they vote their winner for 2013."

The EE Rising Star Award honours a young actor or actress who has demonstrated exceptional talent and ambition and has begun to capture the imagination of the British public. Previous winners have included Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Noel Clarke, Eva Green and James McAvoy, with 2012's nominees including Chris Hemsworth, Chris O'Dowd, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and winner Adam Deacon.

Voting for the EE Rising Star Award is open now. For your chance to vote for your favourite nominee and stand a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday 10 February, go to www.ee.co.uk/bafta.

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