Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

ShortList up for Bafta (jury)


No one likes jury service. It's tedious, long-winded and at the end it doesn't matter who broke the greenhouse window. At least, that's often the case. When you're invited to be on a Bafta jury, it's another matter entirely.

For the second year running we were part of a select group (including Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Kermode and Empire's Chris Hewitt) asked to select the shortlist for the EE Rising Star Award, the winner of which will then be voted for be the public.

Last year the public chose Anuvahood auteur Adam Deacon, who beat warring Avengers Assemble brothers Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. Previous winners also include Shia LeBeouf and Tom Hardy.

The shortlist itself is currently secret even from the jury members who debated a longlist for more than three hours before each casting a secret ballot for their five favourites. It will be announced in January, when voting will commence in earnest to fill the gap left in our lives now I'm A Celebrity has finished for another year.

(See ShortList's Jonathan Pile, backrow, third from the left, concentrating on not touching Benedict Cumberbatch)


Best Sneakers HERO.jpg

The 20 best sneakers in movies


Great movies with bad posters


Muppet Film Star Lookalikes



The scariest short horror films online

28 Oct 2016

10 most heartbreaking moments in television history

When the small screen shook us to our core

by Sam Diss
28 Oct 2016

Marvel drops new hip hop inspired covers

Just when you thought Marvel couldn't get any cooler

by Tom Fordy
27 Oct 2016

Classic horror posters reimagined with clay is a wonderful thing

Something for the kids this Halloween

by Tom Fordy
27 Oct 2016

Short horror films guaranteed to sh*t you up

Tis the season to hide behind your sofa

by David Cornish
27 Oct 2016

Everything we know about Sherlock series 4

The names of the first two episodes of series four have given some pretty major hints

by David Cornish
27 Oct 2016

Gregory Porter on why Russian gangsters love his music

The smooth jazzman has (scary) friends in high places

by Alex Christian
26 Oct 2016

Ballon d’Or: Who’s a fraud and who's not

We weigh up the merits of the 30 footballers recently deemed the planet's best

26 Oct 2016

Ice Cube to appear in contemporary Disney adaptation of Oliver Twist

Hear that? It's the sound of Charles Dickens spinning furiously in his grave

by David Cornish
26 Oct 2016

Do women really find short men unattractive?

Is it all in your head or is there truth to the stereotype?

by Sam Diss
25 Oct 2016