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Bafta announces EE Rising Star nominees – find out how to vote for your favourite breakthrough act

Actor Daniel Kaluuya is one of the five actors nominated for the EE Rising Star Award (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
Actor Daniel Kaluuya is one of the five actors nominated for the EE Rising Star Award (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

BAFTA has announced the five actors in the running for the prestigious EE Rising Star Award.

Brits Daniel Kaluuya, Josh O’Connor and Florence Pugh received nods, alongside Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet and Thor: Ragnorok actress Tessa Thompson.

The awards ceremony takes place on Sunday 18th February at the Royal Albert Hall.

American actor Chalamet said: “I want to thank Bafta and the jury for this incredible honour of a nomination for the EE Rising Star Award.

“I have seen many actors and peers that I admire get nominated for this award in previous years, so I am overjoyed to see my name included in 2018.

Timothee Chalamet at (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

“Call Me By Your Name came out in the UK prior to the states, and British audiences embraced the film in a uniquely strong and passionate way.

“I feel an enduring sense of gratitude seeing this response echoed around the world, and for being included in this category.”

Daniel Kaluuya’s break-out role in horror hit Get Out has earned him Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

The 28-year-old London-born star, soon to be seen in Marvel’s Black Panther, said: “I’m honoured and grateful to Bafta and the jury for the nomination and can’t wait to celebrate it in my home city.”

Josh O’Connor attending the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits 2014 launch at Burberry in, London. (PA)

Josh O’Connor, 27, a familiar face from much-loved British TV shows Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street and The Durrells, said: “I would like to thank Bafta and the jury for nominating me for the EE Rising Star award.

“It was such a special experience making God’s Own Country and I don’t think any of us working on the Yorkshire Moors filming this intimate story expected the incredible journey it has been on in the past year.

“I’m so grateful to everyone who has embraced Johnny’s story and I am truly honoured and touched to be mentioned alongside an array of outstanding talent – thank you.”

‘It’s a very proud moment indeed’

Florence Pugh, who has been lauded for her performance in 2016’s Lady Macbeth, said: “I feel truly honoured to be nominated for an EE Rising Star Award.

Florence Pugh (John Phillips/Getty Images)

“The journey to get to this rewarding moment has been exhilarating, and so to feel recognition for doing something I love and the hard work many have put in feels very touching. It’s a very proud moment indeed.”

American actress Tessa Thompson said: “I am honoured to be chosen by Bafta and the jury as a candidate for the EE Rising Star Award.

“It means so much that my work has been embraced in the UK and that I get to share this recognition with so many wonderfully talented actors.

“I look forward to learning the names of the other Rising Star honourees that I hope to be partying with the night of the Baftas!”

Tessa Thompson (Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

The EE Rising Star Award is the only one to be decided by members of the public. Voting is now open at ee.co.uk/BAFTA.

Last year’s recipient was Spiderman star Tom Holland. Previous winners include Star Wars favourite John Boyega and Taboo actor Tom Hardy.

The nominees are selected by a jury which includes actress Georgina Campbell and DJ Edith Bowman, as well as other film and industry experts.

The winner will be announced at this year’s star-studded Bafta ceremony on February 18.

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