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News! The 2019 BAFTA Rising Star nominations have been announced


Amid all the hoopla over the Oscars (nominations on 22nd January, ceremony on 24th February) and Golden Globes (ceremony on 6th January), it's perhaps easy to forget that the BAFTAs are just around the corner too.

The glitziest night in the British film-making calendar gets underway on 10th February at the Royal Albert Hall, once again presented by Joanna Lumley. Although we won't get the full list of nominations until 9th January, the hype machine has kicked in with today's reveal of the BAFTA Rising Star nominations.

Our very own Letitia Wright is one of this year's contenders, having dazzled with her scene-stealing turn as the gadget-tastic Shuri in Marvel's Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. Will she be back in this year's Avengers: Endgame (released 26th April) following the obliteration of 50% of all life in the universe? It remains to be seen.

One of the rivals to the Rising Star crown is Lakeith Stanfield, who delivered a superbly wry turn in angry and hilarious satire Sorry to Bother You. Stanfield also turned up in Lisbeth Salander movie The Girl in the Spider's Web, further confirming his ascension to the top following his breakout appearance in Get Out. (Last year's winner was Get Out and Black Panther star Daniel Kaluuya.)

Another strong contender is Britain's Cynthia Erivo, who's had a stunning year in film following her breakout performance in the stage version of The Color Purple. Erivo played a mysterious singer in stylish noir thriller Bad Times at the El Royale and was a key member of Viola Davis' crew in Steve McQueen's critically acclaimed Widows.

Then we have Barry Keoghan who follows his breakout turns in Dunkirk and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (directed by The Favourite's Yorgos Lanthimos) with American Animals. This engrossing docudrama explores the daring 2004 Transylvania University heist in America, and Keoghan stands out amid an excellent ensemble that also includes American Horror Story's Evan Peters.

And finally, Jessie Buckley is in the frame after a year of superb performances. She stunned in atmospheric British drama Beast (one of our Unlimited screenings from last year), and is next set to appear in country music movie Wild Rose, which screened at the 2018 London Film Festival. The film is released on 19th April.

Who do you think will win the 2019 BAFTA Rising Star award? Let us know @Cineworld and stay tuned to the blog for the full list of BAFTA nominations next week.