BAFTAs 2016: John Boyega, Dakota Johnson amongst nominees for Rising Star award

Brie Larson, Bel Powley, and Taron Egerton have also been announced as in contention for the award

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be the biggest cinematic event of last year; but does that make John Boyega its biggest rising star?

This year's BAFTAs will be the decider; with Boyega nominated for the ceremony's Rising Star award. He'll be joined by Brie Larson, who's already crafted a strong CV so far, but hits the Academy Awards race with Room.

Also nominated are Kingsman: The Secret Service's Taron Egerton, looking to cement his British standing with this year's Eddie the Eagle. Bel Powley finds inclusion thanks to her fearless performance in Diary of a Teenage Girl, alongside Dakota Johnson, who lit up the box office with last year's Fifty Shades of Grey

The awards have evolved as a strong indicator of future success; James McAvoy won in 2006, Kristen Stewart in 2010, and Tom Hardy in 2011. Will Poulter, 2014's winner, is about to make waves in The Revenant; Jack O'Connell, last year's winner, boasts a trio of upcoming high-profile flicks: Tulip Fever, HHHH, and Jodie Foster's Money Monster

The nominations will be announced this Friday, with the ceremony taking place 14 February. 

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