VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE FILM STAR OF 2010

Oxford Mail: Richard Attenborough

Welcome to the Richard Attenborough Film Awards (RAFAS), the UK's annual regional Film Of The Year awards - the film industry's celebration of the year's top films and movie stars as voted for by regional newspaper film critics and cinemagoers alike.

This year, we are sponsoring the public award category - where you decide the winner! We want you to choose your favourite film star of 2010, one of the most spectacular years in movie history ever. To help you vote, we've narrowed down your choices to 5 actresses and 5 actors who we believe gave the best performances of the year.

Simply vote for your favourite actress and favourite actor in the ballots below. The actress or actor with the most votes overall will be crowned Film Star of 2010. Voting closes at noon on Monday December 6, with the winner announced on Monday December 13.

To refresh your memory, we've added the film synopses below plus a selection of trailers for you to watch. Thanks for voting!


VOTE 1: Performance of the Year by an Actress

Oxford Mail: Angelina Jolie in SaltOxford Mail: HornetsOxford Mail: Shutter IslandOxford Mail: Julia Roberts
Oxford Mail: Social Network

VOTE 2: Performance of the Year by an Actor


Film Star of 2010 - nominees

Actress

Angelina Jolie in Salt

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. Her Loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

Salt goes on the run, using her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture.

Salt’s efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as he hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: Who is Salt?


Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love

Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) had everything a modern women is supposed to dream of having- a husband, a house, a successful career- yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali.

Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse needs little introduction, as audiences who fell for Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black in the first two movies – or indeed in the original books – will have eagerly awaited this instalment. It sees Bella (Kristin Stewart) forced to make a choice between the two loves of her life (played by Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner), in the knowledge that her decision risks sparking an all out war between vampire and werewolf on Earth.

Noomi Rapace in The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

Salander is plotting her revenge against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikeal Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself, Salander is now ready to fight back.


Gemma Arterton in Prince of Persia

From the team that brought the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (Gemma Arterton) and together, they battle dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time - a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.


Film Star of 2010 - nominees

Actor

Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network

When Harvard undergraduate Mark Zuckerberg dreamt of finding a way to reflect the convivial college experience with an online website even he never imagined the result would become the global phenomenon of Facebook. But the meteoric success of the site comes at a cost with broken friendships, bitter rivalries and controversial decisions. Jesse Eisenberg plays Zuckerberg, alongside Justin Timberlake and rising British star Andrew Garfield.

George Clooney in The American

A professional assassin (George Clooney), disillusioned with the job he performs with ruthless efficiency, prepares for one last hit before leaving that life behind. Others, however, favour a more final retirement plan as the hunter becomes the hunted even while he deals with deeper existential questions in this stylish thriller from Control director Anton Corbijn. Slow burning suspense, sumptuous locations and the ever charismatic Clooney are ingredients that lend this movie an irresistible flavour.


Leonardo DiCaprio in Shutter Island

“Shutter island” is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote barren island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.

Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse needs little introduction, as audiences who fell for Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black in the first two movies – or indeed in the original books – will have eagerly awaited this instalment. It sees Bella (Kristin Stewart) forced to make a choice between the two loves of her life (played by Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner), in the knowledge that her decision risks sparking an all out war between vampire and werewolf on Earth.


Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 2

In ‘Iron Man 2’ The world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armoured Super Hero Iron Man. Under Pressures from the government, the press and the public share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James “Rhodey” Rhodes ( Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony Forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.


Oxford Mail: Richard Attenborough

The RAFAs are dedicated to Richard Attenborough, who was born in Cambridge but spent his childhood in Leicester. He made his screen debut in the 1942 Noel Coward/David Lean film, In Which We Serve, while still a student at RADA. Among the films in which he appeared are Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, Jurassic Park and Miracle on 34th Street. In 1969 came the first of his twelve movies as producer/ director, Oh, What a Lovely War. He is undoubtedly best known for Gandhi, 1982 winner of eight Oscars and five BAFTAs, including Best Picture and Best Director on both sides of the Atlantic. Lord Attenborough CBE is Chair or President of numerous media industry bodies and charities.

Lord Attenborough CBE said: "I have always believed that the cinema’s astonishing power to surprise, move, amuse and, above all, entertain can only be fulfilled when films are experienced by audiences. Critics can highlight and champion new films they admire, contributing to the all-important word of mouth on their release. As three-quarters of UK cinema admissions take place outside the London area, I am only too pleased to support the regional critics in their appreciation and celebration of the finest filmmaking.”



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