Meet The Next A-list: Hollywood's New Generation Announced

Introducing the BAFTA EE Rising Star nominees

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.

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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.

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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:

RUTH NEGGA

Preacher (TV)

Amazon Prime: available now

Forthcoming:

Loving

Director: Jeff Nichols

UK release: 3 February

TOM HOLLAND

Captain American: Civil War

Director: Anthony & Joe Russo (2015)

The Impossible

Director: J.A Bayona

Forthcoming:

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Director: Jon Watts

UK release: 7 July 2017

LUCAS HEDGES

Moonrise Kingdom

Director: Wes Anderson (2012)

Forthcoming:

Manchester By The Sea

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

UK release: 13 January 2017

LAIA COSTA

Victoria

Director: Sebastian Schipper (2015)

ANYA TAYLOR JOY

The Witch

Director: Robert Eggers (2015)

Morgan

Director: Luke Scott (2015)

Forthcoming:

Split

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

UK release: 20 January 2017