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Hiddleston up for Rising Star gong


Tom Hiddleston stars in Steven Spielberg film War Horse

Tom Hiddleston stars in Steven Spielberg film War Horse

Tom Hiddleston stars in Steven Spielberg film War Horse

War Horse's Tom Hiddleston and The IT Crowd's Chris O'Dowd have been shortlisted for this year's Rising Star award at the film Baftas.

The prize, which goes to a relatively new face who is tipped for the top, has previously been won by Tom Hardy and Twilight's Kristen Stewart.

Also on the all-male shortlist are Adam Deacon, Eddie Redmayne and Chris Hemsworth.

Tom has also appeared in films such as The Deep Blue Sea and Thor in recent months.

Chris is known for his role in the Channel 4 sitcom, but has also branched out into movies such as Gulliver's Travels and Bridesmaids, as well as Judd Apatow's forthcoming This Is 40.

The shortlist for the The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award was drawn up by filmgoers from a jury selection. Members of the public will vote for the winner which will be announced at the Baftas on February 12.

Eddie's work includes My Week With Marilyn and the soon-to-be-screened BBC adaptation of Birdsong, while Adam became known for roles in films such as Kidulthood and Adulthood before co-writing, directing and starring in Anuvahood. Australian actor Chris Hemsworth took the title role in Thor and will play Formula One legend James Hunt in Rush.

Tom said of his nomination: "It's absolutely amazing to be up for it. The list is an incredible group of young actors, most of whom are already stars - they're not rising, they're burning brightly in the firmament."

Eddie confessed he found awards ceremonies daunting.

"I've presented awards once or twice, which is my worst nightmare. Actors were not built to read autocues... It's terrifying because you're at a theatre in front of Hollywood, girls fall over dresses, skirts unravel, we slip on our new borrowed shoes, the whole thing can be a bit of a disaster."