The Orange Rising Star Award

And The Orange Rising Star Award Nominees For 2007 Are.

Winner to be revealed at The Orange British Academy Film Awards

Earlier this week James McAvoy, the 2006 winner of The Orange Rising Star Award, announced this year's nominees for The Orange British Academy Film Awards. The award recognises five young international actors and actresses who have demonstrated exceptional talent and have begun to capture the imagination of the public as a star in the making. The five nominees are: Ben Whishaw, Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Eva Green and Naomie Harris.

The Orange Rising Star Award is unique as it is the only Award to be voted for by the British public. Film fans can have their say by voting via the Orange website

A jury consisting of respected industry figures, including Anthony Minghella CBE, Thandie Newton and last year's winner, James McAvoy, selected the five nominees from a long list of recommendations put forward by the film industry and BAFTA members.

Nominees must have featured in a film that qualified for this year's Orange British Academy Film Awards. The Orange Rising Star Award is not intended to be a pure beginner's award, and nominees will have generally already appeared in several feature films in their career so far.

The Orange Rising Star Award was created in honour of Mary Selway, the highly respected BAFTA-winning casting director whose career spanned three decades and over ninety films before she died in 2004. Mary helped launch the careers of many stars in films as varied as Gosford Park, Master & Commander, Notting Hill and Withnail & I, among countless others. She worked with notable directors such as Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, Clint Eastwood and Ridley Scott, contributing to the creation of some of the silver screen's most memorable characters.

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