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New Spider-Man Tom Holland is Up For BAFTA Rising Star Award

Tom Holland, the latest actor to take on the role of Spider-Man, is among the contenders to be named the next star of the future at the Bafta awards.

Winning the Bafta Rising Star Award often leads to an acclaimed career in Hollywood, with household names like James McAvoy, Kristen Stewart, and Tom Hardy having all won the prestigious award in past years. Star Wars: The Force Awakens' John Boyega won the prestigious EE Rising Star Award at the BAFTAs in 2016, and this year, with less than a week to go before the full list of nominations, BAFTA has unveiled the five-strong list of names in the running for its rising star category: Tom Holland, Ruth Negga, Anya Taylor-Joy, Lucas Hedges and Laia Costa.

Holland starred as Billy Eliot The Musical’s titular character between 2008-10, making his on-screen debut in The Impossible but finding worldwide fame starring as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War.

Speaking about his nomination, Tom said: “I have to say thank you to Bafta for recognising my work and nominating me for the EE Rising Star Award. What a huge honour this is and what a great category to be nominated in, so thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Oscar hopeful Negga starred in two widely acclaimed projects in 2016, Loving and TV show Preacher, having previously had roles in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Misfits.

Taylor-Joy broke out last year after appearing in the critically applauded horror The Witch, and features in M Night Shyamalan’s upcoming film Split. Rumour has it that Taylor-Joy will play Magik in New Mutants, so this could be a great start to 2017 for the actress.

Costa came to international attention for her leading role in the German drama Victoria, while Hedges came to prominence in Oscar contending film Manchester by the Sea, the actor having made his debut appearance in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

The rest of the nominations will be announced on January 10. The nominees were selected by a panel of jurors that included actor Will Poulter, casting director Lucy Bevan and producer Marc Samuelson. The winner, who is decided through a public vote, will be announced at the British Academy Film Awards on Feb. 12. Created in 2004, the award seeks to recognise the achievement of a new acting talent of any age, gender or nationality, who has broken through either in film or television. It was created in memory of casting director Mary Selway. Past winners include James McAvoy, Eva Green, Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Juno Temple, Poulter, Jack O’Connell and John Boyega.

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