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The BAFTA rising stars you'll be seeing a lot more of in future


Last night's BAFTAs saw a spread of awards going to a host of established stars and relative newcomers, both in front of and behind the camera. So what about the latter? Here are the names you need to take note of.

The future blockbuster star

Blighty's Tom Holland is our new Spider-Man and was clearly the popular choice to win the BAFTA rising star, fending off tough competition from the likes of Loving Oscar nominee Ruth Negga.

Having already won us over with his small yet scene-stealing appearance in last year's Captain America: Civil War, there's every chance that his solo movie debut, Spider-Man: Homecoming, will put the definitive spin on the web-slinger.

Plus, with a multitude of diverse roles in upcoming movies like acclaimed adventure The Lost City of Z, Tom certainly isn't going anywhere in a hurry.

The next John Williams

The exuberant musical La La Land is of course carried on the strength of its songs and score, so it's little wonder that composer Justin Hurwitz waltzed away with the Best Original Score award.

Reuniting with his Whiplash director Damien Chazelle, Hurwitz' ear-worming blend of foot-stomping, big band show tunes and more measured, intimate duets has been universally acclaimed for reviving the spirit of the classic Hollywood musical.

If an Oscar is in the bag then Hurwitz will surely have taken the next step towards being one of the most popular and acclaimed film composers of his generation.

The next visionary director

Winning Outstanding British Debut, Iran-born, British-based filmmaker Babak Anvari cemented the acclaim that greeted his superbly creepy chiller Under the Shadow. A mixture of classic ghost story and political parable, the movie is set in late 1980s war-torn Iran, and focuses on a mother/daughter relationship beset by supernatural terror.

Anvari's shrewd blend of atmosphere, character development and intrigue betokens even greater things to come in future, and his awards win demonstrates the level of respect he is already gaining within the industry.

The next great screenwriter

Given it's based on an extraordinary true story, it was vital that moving drama Lion did justice to the journey undertaken by adopted author Saroo Brierley, who went in search of his Indian birth mother after being separated from her at a young age.

All credit then to screenwriter Luke Davies who scooped Best Adapted Screenplay, communicating both the heartache and uplift felt by both the young and adult Saroo (Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel) at different stages in their lives. The writer's blend of factual research and well-earned emotion will hopefully earmark him as a gatekeeper of future screenplays based on fact.

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