The awards race finally kicks off on Sunday, with the 74th annual Golden Globes.
Heavyweight actors of the silver screen will appear in their grittiest, wittiest and most entertaining roles and begin a six week campaign to compete for the holy grail in Hollywood; an Academy Award.
Perhaps more interestingly though, it is also the season of the breakout performance as we observe Hollywood's new generation emerge from obscurity, capture the industry's interest and begin their quest for world domination.
Traditionally, the BAFTA EE Rising Star award is the only accolade that recognises specifically new acting talent and, for 10 years, has been an authority in predicting the leading men and woman of tomorrow. If you need proof, then past winners include Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, John Boyega, James McAvoy, Shia Labeouf and Will Poulter.
Esquire was honoured to join the this year's panel and Entertainment Director Tom Macklin sat alongside Will Poulter and a host of award-winning producers, casting directors and film critics to choose this years short list.
As of this morning we can exclusively reveal the 2017 nominees: Ruth Negga, Tom Holland, Lucas Hedges, Laia Costa and Anya Taylor-Joy.
Voting is now open to the public at ee.co.uk/bafta and the winner will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 12 February 2017.
Be ahead of the curve: Esquire's essential viewing for each nominee:
Amazon Prime: available now
Director: Jeff Nichols
UK release: 3 February
Captain American: Civil War
Director: Anthony & Joe Russo (2015)
Director: J.A Bayona
Director: Jon Watts
UK release: 7 July 2017
Director: Wes Anderson (2012)
Manchester By The Sea
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
UK release: 13 January 2017
Director: Sebastian Schipper (2015)
ANYA TAYLOR JOY
Director: Robert Eggers (2015)
Director: Luke Scott (2015)
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
UK release: 20 January 2017