Nyong'o nominated for Bafta award
12 Years A Slave actress Lupita Nyong'o is among the nominees for this year's EE Bafta Rising Star Award.
The Kenyan, a graduate of Yale drama school, goes up against Palme d'Or Award-winning French actress Lea Seydoux, star of controversial lesbian love story Blue Is The Warmest Colour, as they compete for the award which is decided by public vote.
British actors Will Poulter, star of We're The Millers, and George MacKay - who had his big break starring alongside Clive Owen in The Boys Are Back - have also been shortlisted, along with US star Dane Dehaan, who recently starred opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings.
Seydoux joined Poulter - who also appeared in Narnia film The Voyage Of The Dawntreader - and MacKay at Bafta's HQ in London to celebrate their nominations.
The nominees were selected by a group of jurors including actress Gemma Arterton, deputy chair of Bafta's film committee Pippa Harris and film critic Mark Kermode.
Nyong'o - who was born in Mexico - made her movie debut in 12 Years, which was directed by Turner Prize-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen.
Voting is now open to the public at www.ee.co.uk/bafta.
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