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Rising Star nominees are announced for 2011

Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award

The nominees for the newly named Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award 2011 have been unveiled.

Film director, actor and award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Drew (aka Plan B) announced the contenders as:

* Gemma Arterton
Andrew Garfield
Tom Hardy
Aaron Johnson
Emma Stone

The accolade for up-and-coming talent is the only award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards that is voted for by the public.


The winner will be announced at the BAFTAs on Sunday 13 February.

Previous winners of the award include James McAvoy in 2006, Eva Green in 2007, Shia LaBeouf in 2008, Noel Clarke in 2009 and Kristen Stewart in 2010.

This year the award has been renamed the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award.

Potential rising stars were proposed by BAFTA members and leading film industry insiders to create an initial list of contenders.

For the first time, Orange Wednesdays customers were given the responsibility of selecting the final five that are now open to the public vote.

Ben Drew said: "It was a great honour to be invited on the jury panel for the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star award this year. I recently directed my first feature film and therefore know there is a wealth of inspiring rising talent out there and it is awards such as these that help these guys get their names in lights.

"I am really pleased with the final five for this year's award. It shows a great breadth of talent and I think these guys are all truly deserving of this accolade - I can't wait to see who the public vote for."

The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award was created in honour of Mary Selway, the highly respected BAFTA-winning casting director whose career spanned three decades and more than 90 films before she died in 2004.

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