Lupita Nyong’o arrives at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
LONDON (AP) — Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o and “Blue is the Warmest Color” actress Lea Seydoux are among nominees for the British film academy’s Rising Star award.
Nyong’o made an acclaimed feature film debut in slavery epic “12 Years a Slave,” while Seydoux plays half of a young French lesbian couple in the Cannes festival prize-winner.
This photo released by courtesy of Sundance Selects shows Lea Seydoux, left, as Emma and Adele Exarchopoulos as Adele in the film, “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. (AP Photo/Courtesy Sundance Selects)
Other finalists announced Monday include American actor Dane DeHaan, who plays a troubled poetic muse in Beat Generation saga “Kill Your Darlings.”
Two British actors round out the list — George MacKay, who stars in Proclaimers musical “Sunshine on Leith,” and Will Poulter of comedy “We’re the Millers.”
The winner will be decided by public vote and announced during the British Academy Film Awards — Britain’s equivalent to the Oscars — on Feb. 16.
Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o arrives for the French Premiere of “12 Years A Slave” on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)