Undoubtedly the most important award at the Baftas is the Orange Rising Star Award. This award dispenses of the predictability (The Artist won lots, whudathunk?) and the industry-fellatio-backslapping of categories such as best actor, actress, or film chosen by members of the board. The Orange Rising Star Award is voted for by the public and although the nominees were absent of any females (Jessica Brown Findlay from the little seen film Albatross was worthy of a nomination), it’s inclusion of someone like Adam Deacon was either a brave one or an effort of tokenism on the part of the Academy. Either way it is refreshing that an actor from a humble background, who has never let go of his roots and has ultimately “kept it real!” has managed to hijack this highbrow awards ceremony. Judging from his reactions it seemed that he was genuinely surprised that he won. From Hackney to Hollywood; congratulations Adam.
Bafta’s and Adam Deacon