Both are open to men and women and both have recently had men only shortlists. The Bafta Rising Star long list comprised of the following actors;
Adam Deacon (Kidulthood and Adulthood), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn), Tom Hiddleston (War Horse) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor).
The Bafta Rising Star award was launched in 2006 to honour of Mary Selway, the British casting director who died in 2004. Selway worked on a wide range of films including 1988’s Dian Fossey biopic, Gorillas in the Mist and 2001’s Gosford Park.
It seems a shame someone known for a “reputation for fairness, determination, charm, wisdom and irreverence” and involved in films that had fantastic female characters should be remembered by an all-male list.
Previous winners have been Tom Hardy 2011, Kristen Stewart 2010 and Noel Clarke 2009. Last year’s short list consisted of 2 women, Gemma Arterton and Emma Stone.