JUNO star Michael Cera, 300's MICHAEL FASSBENDER and CONTROL's TOBY KEBBELL have made the shortlist for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' (BAFTA) Rising Star Award.
The trio will compete against fellow up-and-coming actors Rebecca Hall and Noel Clarke for the coveted prize, which counts James MCAvoy, former Bond girl Eva Green and Shia LaBeouf among its previous winners.
Cera, the only American contender in the category, rose to fame with roles in comedy Superbad and the critically acclaimed Juno, which scooped the Best Screenplay Oscar for writer Diablo Cody last year (08).
Fassbender has been noted by the BAFTA panel for his part as Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands in Hunger; Kebbell for his portrayal as gangster Johnny Quid in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla; Clarke for writing, directing and starring in the gritty street drama Adulthood; and Hall for her roles in Frost/Nixon and Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
The winner, voted for by the public, will be unveiled at the BAFTA ceremony on 8 February (09). The full list of award nominees will be announced next Thursday (15Jan09).