Hemsworth, who corralled public attention after his turn in "Thor," is up against fellow "Thor" star Tom Hiddleston, currently riding the red carpet as "War Horse" rolls into theaters worldwide.
Also nominated is Irish comedian and actor Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids), actor-turned-filmmaker Adam Deacon ("Anuvahood"), former Broadway and film acting newcomer Eddie Redmayne ("My Week With Marilyn").
Presented during the British Academy's film awards, having been voted on by cell operator Orange's customers, the Rising Star Award was created in honor of Mary Selway, the highly respected BAFTA-winning casting director.
The nominations aim to recognise five international actors and actresses whose talent has captured the imagination of the British public.
– The Hollywood Reporter