Nyong'o, Seydoux, up for rising star film award

Lupita Nyong'o poses backstage at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Actress Lea Seydoux arrives to attend the Christian Dior's Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013-2014 collection, presented Monday, July 1, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

January 6, 2014 6:02:16 AM PST
Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o and "Blue is the Warmest Color" actress Lea Seydoux are among nominees for the British film academy's Rising Star award.

Nyong'o made an acclaimed feature film debut in slavery epic "12 Years a Slave," while Seydoux plays half of a young French lesbian couple in the Cannes festival prize-winner.

Other finalists announced Monday include American actor Dane DeHaan, who plays a troubled poetic muse in Beat Generation saga "Kill Your Darlings."

Two British actors round out the list - George MacKay, who stars in Proclaimers musical "Sunshine on Leith," and Will Poulter of comedy "We're the Millers."

The winner will be decided by public vote and announced during the British Academy Film Awards - Britain's equivalent to the Oscars - on Feb. 16.