The 2020 EE Rising Star Award nominees have been announced and Ariana DeBose, Harris Dickinson, Lashana Lynch, Millicent Simmonds and Kodi Smit-McPhee are up for the chance to win the award which is decided by a public vote and awarded at the 2022 Baftas.
Voting is now open (do it here) and everyone who votes will be in with a chance to win a VIP BAFTA experience. The winner will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 13th March 2022 at the Royal Albert Hall.
The nominees were selected by a panel of industry jurors including BAFTA-winning actor and director Andy Serkis, filmmaker and actress Sadie Frost and Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery
Here’s a rundown on the actors, and what they had to say about their nomination…
ARIANA DEBOSE is a multi-award-nominated actress, whose star performance in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story has received widespread acclaim. Alongside her nomination for the EE RisingStar Award, she has won ‘Best Supporting Actress’ at the Golden Globe Awards, received a nomination from Critics Choice Awards and has been longlisted in BAFTA’s ‘Supporting Actress’ category for 2022. Known for her work across film, television and stage, she starred in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the hit-Broadway musical The Prom opposite Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, and appeared alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda in the ground-breaking, Tony-winning musical Hamilton. Ariana will next appear in action film Argylle, starring opposite Henry Cavill, Bryan Cranston and Samuel L. Jackson, and space thriller I.S.S. alongside Chris Messina and Pilou Asbaek.
Ariana DeBose commenting on her nomination, said: “I am beyond humbled to join the talented group of actors that have been nominated for the EE RisingStar Award over the years. To say I’m excited is an understatement, and I’m so thankful to BAFTA and the EE RisingStar Award jury for this recognition. Genuinely blown away.”
HARRIS DICKINSON can currently be seen in cinemas starring in Matthew Vaughn’s The King’s Man opposite Ralph Fiennes and will next be seen in The Souvenir Part IIalongside Honor Winton Byrne and Tilda Swinton in early February. He has received critical acclaim for his diverse film and television work since breaking out in Eliza Hittman’s 2017 Sundance hit Beach Rats, where he was nominated for the ‘Best Male Lead’ Independent Spirit Award and the ‘Breakthrough Actor’ at The Gotham Awards. He was also BIFA nominated in 2020 in the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ category for his role in Henry Blake’s County Lines. Later this year, he will also star in several highly anticipated films, including Triangle of Sadness with Woody Harrelson, the murder mystery See How They Run with Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan, and alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones in the film adaptation of Delia Owens bestselling novel, Where The Crawdads Sing.
Harris Dickinson, commenting on his nomination, said: “‘A huge thank you to both BAFTA and EE for this nomination. Each year I’ve looked to the EE RisingStar Award with great admiration and respect, so to be included in this category is a real honour. The fact that we collectively get to tell stories for a living is enough of a reward for me, but to be noticed by such a prestigious institution really does mean a lot.”
LASHANA LYNCH is quickly establishing herself as an internationally renowned actor, showcasing a range of disciplines across film, television and stage. In 2021, she made history as the first woman and the first woman of colour to carry on the legacy of 007 in her standout role as “Nomi” in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time To Die, alongside Daniel Craig and Rami Malek. She is currently filming historical epic The Woman King in South Africa and will also be seen in the film adaptation of Matthew Warchus’ musical, Matilda, opposite Alisha Weir and Emma Thompson in the role of ‘Miss Honey’. Last year, Lashana starred in debbie tucker green’s ear for eye, the feature film adaptation of green’s well received play of the same name, which debuted at the Royal Court in 2018 where Lashana also took the lead role. She also notably starred in Captain Marvelalongside Brie Larson, and Shonda Rhimes’ period drama series, Still Star-Crossed.
Lashana Lynch, commenting on her nomination, said: “The EE RisingStar Award is one I’ve always admired for recognising exciting emerging talent. I’m so elated for my fellow nominees who inspire myself and others, as we continue to fight for change within our industry and the world. I’m proud to be able to do that in moments like these.”
MILLICENT SIMMONDS’ breakout role was when she was just 12 years old in the 2017 drama Wonderstruck, directed by Todd Haynes and also starring Julianne Moore. She was nominated for several awards for her role as ‘Rose’, including the Women Film Critics Circle Award for ‘Best Young Actress’ and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for ‘Best Young Performer’. Since then, she has gone on to feature in a number of film and television roles. Millicent was singled out for her performance in post-apocalyptic horror A Quiet Place Part II, where she reprised her role as ‘Regan Abbott’, starring alongside Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy. Her upcoming projects include a series based on Sara Novíc’s forthcoming novel, True Biz and she will also portray Helen Keller in Wash Westmoreland’s film Helen & Teacher opposite Rachel Brosnahan.
Millicent Simmonds, commenting on her nomination, said: “I am very honoured to be considered for this prestigious award from BAFTA, and to be in such amazing company with the actors that have been previously nominated, as well as my fellow nominees. I am so grateful to receive this recognition for something I love doing so much and sincerely want to thank the members of the EE RisingStar Award jury panel for including me. This means the world to me.“
KODI SMIT-MCPHEE was praised by critics for his standout role in Jane Campion’s The Power of The Dog. His performance earned him a Golden Globe Award, along with a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild, for ‘Best Supporting Actor’. He was also named ‘Best Supporting Actor’ by the New York Film Critics. Kodi first started acting at the age of nine, making his film debut in Romulus, My Father opposite Eric Bana. He has since gone on to star in a plethora of high-profile films, including post-apocalyptic drama The Road, where he played Viggo Mortensen’s son, horror movie Let Me Inalongside Chloe Moretz, 2014’s Dawn of The Planet of The Apes with Gary Oldman, and Western film Slow West with Michael Fassbender. He is also known for his portrayal of ‘Nightcrawler’ in Marvel’s X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, with a cameo of the role in Deadpool 2.
Kodi Smit-McPhee commenting on his nomination, said: “I have the deepest gratitude to be considered alongside my fellow nominees for the EE RisingStar Award at this year’s BAFTA Film Awards ceremony. I am beyond humbled to be considered for an award that celebrates such extraordinary young talents.”