Home > Lifestyle > Entertainment > Movies
Friday January 17, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Friday January 17, 2014 MYT 8:27:14 AM
Going for glory: Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o stars in '12 Years A Slave'. – AFP
KENYAN actress Lupita Nyong’o was nominated last week for Bafta’s Rising Star Award for her role in 12 Years A Slave, in a further sign that it is heading for Oscar glory.
Nyong’o is considered the frontrunner for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award alongside French actress Lea Seydoux, the star of the intense lesbian love story Blue Is The Warmest Colour.
British actors Will Poulter, star of We’re The Millers featuring Jennifer Aniston, and George MacKay – who got his big break starring alongside Clive Owen in The Boys Are Back – were also among those shortlisted.
Nyong’o made her movie debut in 12 Years, based on the true story of a free African-American man who was kidnapped in the 19th century and forced into slavery.
Meanwhile, Seydoux said that starring in the highly-acclaimed film had changed her life.
“It was a big success in France and all over the world,” she said.
“So all the people are very touched by the film, and I’m very proud of the film and the fact that everybody loves it.”
Poulter, 20, who began acting as a child and made his name in 2007’s Son Of Rambow, admitted that it had been a new experience for him to star in the big-budget We’re The Millers.
He said: “I remember my first film being a very small British independent and the second one being a big American studio shot in Australia and I was very young then, and that was my only experience of big-budget films.
“So when We’re The Millers came along, I really didn’t feel I was even capable of it. My initial thought was, ‘I’ve only ever done this once before, I don’t think I can do it again, I just scraped through the last time’.
“But it was fantastic to be involved in something like that and a real dream come true to work with the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. I was very, very lucky.”
The nominees were selected by a group of jurors including Quantum Of Solace actress Gemma Arterton and film critic Mark Kermode.
The award is decided by public vote and the winner will be announced at the Bafta award ceremony on Feb 16. – AFP Relaxnews
Tags / Keywords:
Entertainment, Lupita Nyong’o, Kenyan actress, movie, film, 12 Years A Slave, Bafta, Lea Seydoux, Will Poulter, Rising Star award, nominees
Movie star’s daughter set for Philippine presidential bid
Two killed as Tom Cruise movie crew plane crashes in Colombia
Ubisoft to open Kuala Lumpur theme park
200 hopefuls eyeing role in film
Meet Bill Kong
Bringing out the best of South-East Asia
Mall holds multi-cultural Mid-Autumn Fest gathering
Slurping good time
Striking a chord with music enthusiasts
Dutch delight for dance fans
Plenty of action with a mixed bag of styles for clubbers
Resort in Lumut makes for a great weekend getaway
Congo to hold referendum on third presidential term
Trash for cash
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)