Kingsley Ben-Adir didn’t get enough traction during the awards season to get Oscar or BAFTA nominations for Best Actor for his role as Malcolm X in “One Night in Miami,” but he did make the BAFTA lineup for the Rising Star Award, which is a breakthrough prize for up-and-coming actors. Unlike other BAFTA categories, which are decided by the British academy, the Rising Star champ is voted on by the general public. And according to the combined predictions of Gold Derby users, Ben-Adir will prevail.
There are no blockbuster stars in this year’s Rising Star lineup, probably because the COVID-19 pandemic kept most big-budget tentpole movies from opening in theaters as they normally would have. So it might be trickier to anticipate who will strike a chord with British fans. Last year, for instance, we thought the award would go to American breakout Awkwafina or English actor Jack Lowden; few of our users were anticipating the upset by Jamaican-born British actor Micheal Ward.