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Will Awkwafina be the BAFTAs’ first American winner of Rising Star Award since Kristen Stewart a decade ago?

Will Awkwafina be the BAFTAs’ first American winner of Rising Star Award since Kristen Stewart a decade ago?

Most BAFTA categories are decided by the British film academy, but the Rising Star Award is voted on by members of the public. So who will win this year’s audience-voted prize? Awkwafina is the front-runner according to the consensus predictions of thousands of Gold Derby users, but can the American actress, comedian and rapper really prevail? She would be the first American winner in 10 years and only the third ever to claim this prize.

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The only American winners since the Rising Star Award was first given out in 2006 were Shia Labeouf (2008) and Kristen Stewart (2010). Besides them, one French actress won (Eva Green in 2007). Every other winner has been from the UK: James McAvoy (2006), Noel Clarke (2009), Tom Hardy (2011), Adam Deacon (2012), Juno Temple (2013), Will Poulter (2014), Jack O’Connell (2015), John Boyega (2016), Tom Holland (2017), Daniel Kaluuya (2018) and Letitia Wright (2019).

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