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Awkwafina, Kaitlyn Dever Among BAFTA Rising Star Nominees. Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya and Tom Holland have previously won BAFTA's award for emerging global talent. Awkwafina, Kaitlyn Dever, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Micheal Ward and Jack Lowden have been nominated for the 2020 BAFTA Rising Star award, the British Academy's honor for new talent. The nominations were announced Monday in London by Tom Hiddleston, a day before the full list of BAFTA nominees are revealed. Awkwafina, a Golden Globe winner on Sunday night, was nominated for The Farewell, Dever for Booksmart (although she's also been hailed and Golden Globe nominated for the recent Netflix series Unbelievable), Harrison Jnr for Waves, Ward for Blue Story (the past year has also seen him in the title role in Top Boy) and Lowden, who appeared in Dunkirk and Mary Queen of Scots, for Fighting With My Family. First introduced in 2006 (when James McCoy won), BAFTA Rising Star winners have since included an array of now top-tier stars, including Shia LaBeouf, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, John Boyega, Tom Holland and Daniel Kaluuya. Letitia Wright was named the winner in the category last year following her breakout performance in Black Panther. The 2020 Rising Star winner will be announced during the BAFTA ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall on Feb. 2, just one week ahead of the Oscars, which moved forward to the date of Feb. 9. However, the new date is only temporary, with both shifting back to their usual spots later in the month in 2021. (Hollywood Reporter)


Golden Globes: Brits Dominate, Winning 40 Percent of Awards. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sam Mendes, Olivia Colman, Taron Egerton and Elton John all won awards on Sunday night. The British domination of Hollywood doesn't appear to be letting up. In fact, judging by Sunday night's activity at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, it's growing at a somewhat impressive rate, with Brits rampant among the Golden Globes winners. Overall, 10 awards went to Brits or shows and films with a predominantly British-led production team, which accounts for 40 percent of the 25 awards given out. Among the list were regulars such as Phoebe Waller-Bridge, picking up perhaps the last honors for her hit comedy Fleabag with wins for best actress in a TV series, comedy and best TV series, comedy. No stranger to awards, Sam Mendes also won, taking home the best director award for his WWI one-shot drama 1917, which was named best motion picture, drama. Other wins from across the Atlantic included Taron Egerton, named best actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical for his portrayal of Elton John in Rocketman, while John himself picked up the best song honor for "I'm Gonna Love Me Tonight," together with his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. Olivia Colman continued The Crown's success into a new reign (and her own awards domination), winning the best actress TV, drama honor for playing Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's royal epic. Meanwhile, Succession created by British scribe Jesse Armstrong won best drama, while its lead Brian Cox won the award for best actor TV, drama for his turn as media tycoon Logan Roy. Chernobyl, produced by U.K. banner Sister Pictures and a co-production between HBO and Sky, won best limited TV series. (Hollywood Reporter)

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