‘Tis a good day to be a son of Odin. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston – i.e., Thor and Loki (respectively), the warring sons of Anthony Hopkins’ mythic king in last summer’s Marvel Studios hit Thor – were nominated today for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. (Hiddleston is also in Steven Spielberg’s WWI drama War Horse and Woody Allen’s Parisian romp Midnight in Paris.) Sponsored by the mobile phone and movie theater partnership Orange Wednesdays – and voted on by its customers – the other nominees are:
Chris O’Dowd, the adorable U.K. TV star who had his breakout film role as the aw-shucks cop pining for Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids.
Eddie Redmayne, who was swept up in a brief romance with Michelle Williams’ Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn.
And Adam Deacon, who co-wrote, codirected, and starred in the British comedy Anuvahood, a movie unreleased in the U.S., which means you most likely have no idea who this man is.
The winner – decided by public vote – will be announced at the Orange British Academy Film Awards on Feb. 12. Previous winners include Tom Hardy (2011), Kristen Stewart (2010), Shia LaBeouf (2008), and James McAvoy (2006). Curiously, all three women on the “long list” of nominees for this year’s award – Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life and The Help), and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) – did not make the cut for the final nominee list.
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