Rising Stars

With the announcement of the 69th annual Golden Globe nominees out, one must admire the rising young talent, competing against some of Hollywood’s most veteran award-winning actors.Stars like “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s” Rooney Mara and “Shame’s” Michael Fassbender are working their way out of supporting roles in fan favorite movies and into leading roles that are giving them the recognition they deserve.

Here is a list of actors and actresses who have been nominated for a Golden Globe and who are sure to be the next household name:

1. Rooney Mara, born Patricia Rooney Mara, is better known as Mark Zuckerberg’s ex-girlfriend, Erica Albright, in the Academy Award-winning “The Social Network.” WashingtonPost.com said they were not sure voters would think Mara was “worthy of awards season attention” because of how demanding the role of Lisbeth Salander was in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Because of the talk surrounding the arduous role of Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Washingtonpost.com said they were unsure of whether or not voters would think Mara was “worthy of awards season attention.”

In the film, Mara plays a disturbed individual who continues to deal with psychological issues from her childhood. According to the film’s official website, Lisbeth “radiates hostility” with her all black outfits and body piercings that “reads less like a fashion statement than a warning.”Mara told telegraph.co.uk that it took her two and a half months and the persistence on Director David Finch’s part to get Mara the lead role.

Mara will compete against Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep and Tilda Swinton for Best Perfomance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama.

2. Michael Fassbender’slooks and accent are enough to melt any girls heart, but his talent in this year’s “Shame” is showing he is more than just ripped abs from the 2006 film “300.”

Raised in Killarney, Co. Kerry in south west Ireland, Fassbender has been in hit movies such as “X-men: First Class” in 2011 and “Inglourious Basterds” in 2009. However, it is only until now that the actor is finally receiving award recognition.

Fassbender plays Brandon Sullivan, a sex addict whose sexual appetite must be put on hold when his sister Sissy, played by Carey Mulligan, shows up at his door step unannounced for an indefinite stay. The sister has, what Wmagazine.com called “an almost incestuous attachment to her brother.”

PBpulse.com claims that despite “Shame’s” NC-17 rating, which normally turns people away from theaters, it is “drawing large crowds in New York and Los Angeles.”

Fassbender is up against George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture- Drama.

3. Jean Dujardin  plays George Valentin in “The Artist”, a silent movie star in 1927 whose career is in danger when silent films transition to ‘talkies.’ The film is a modern day black and white silent film and, according to nwi.com, Dujardin called it “a new visual and emotional experience for people,” despite admitting it was “really strange and rare to not hear anything in the theater.”

Bérénice Bejo, who is also nominated for a Golden Globe, plays Peppy Miller, a singer and dancer who helps Dujardin’s character transition into talking films as her career skyrockets. LATimes.com quoted Bejo saying she “believes that if audiences will continue to just give the film a chance, they will like it.”

Dujardin is no stranger to the limelight as he is already a household name in his home country, France, reported LATimes.com. Dujardin is pushing back production on another project, while Bejo is travelling tirelessly despite just giving birth to promote the film, which is even getting Oscar buzz.

Jean Dujardin is in the running against Brendan Gleeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling and Owen Wilson for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical.

Bérénice Bejo will run against Jessica Chastain, Janet Mcteer, Octavia Spencer and Shailene Woodley for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

4. Speaking of Shailene Woodley, she too is part of our stars on the rise list. Woodley got her rise to fame as star of ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” and is now breaking out on the silver screen.

Woodley plays George Clooney’s rebellious teenager daughter in “The Descendants,” who has a hard time dealing with her parents deteriorating relationship.

LATimes.com reported that Woodley “found the transition from television to film to be surprisingly smooth.”

“I don’t think a lot of filmmakers pay attention to whether or not you come from TV,” Woodley told LATimes.com. “It was a seamless process.”

One thing is for sure, she will certainly gain a wider fan base if she continues a career in films — she has the talent to do so.

Shailene Woodley will compete against Bérénice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Janet Mcteer and Octavia Spencer for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.