The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the all-male nominees for its 2012 Rising Star Awards. Among the five acknowledged actors who have made it on the shortlist is "Thor" lead actor Chris Hemsworth who must compete with his own co-star Tom Hiddleston, who plays his mischievous brother Loki.
Both Hemsworth and Hiddlston are also set to compete with other strong contenders like Irish thesp Chris O'Dowd, who has his break-out role as a police officer in hit comedy "Bridesmaids", and British star Eddie Redmayne who receives praises for his role as Marilyn Monroe's assistant in "My Week with Marilyn". Completing the nomination is "Kidulthood" actor Adam Deacon.
All the five actors are selected from the previous longlist that included three notable young actresses, like Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence who will star in highly anticipated film "The Hunger Games", Jessica Chastain who receives critical acclaim for her roles in "The Tree of Life" and "The Help", and Felicity Jones who is praised for her role in "Like Crazy".
The nominees chosen for the 2012 BAFTA Rising Star Awards are those whose talents represent the imagination of the British public. The Rising Star is the only BAFTA film category which can be voted for by the public. The longlist was picked by a team of jury that include "Harry Potter" helmer David Yates, actor Simon Pegg and actress Sienna Miller.
The winner will be announced during the 2012 Orange BAFTA Awards ceremony that will be held on February 12. The previous winners of the awards included Tom Hardy (2011), Kristen Stewart (2010), Noel Clarke (2009), Shia LaBeouf (2008), Eva Green (2007) and James McAvoy (2006).