Seven Rising Hollywood Stars to Watch in 2010

If the fresh faces turning up now during the Hollywood award season are any indication, there's a new crop of stars eager to claim the Hollywood throne.

Of course, Meryl Streep may not be moving over anytime soon. Streep is competing against herself at the Golden Globes with two best actress nominations in the motion picture, comedy category for "Julie and Julia" and "It's Complicated."

But look for newcomers Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe to possibly compete against Streep, the Academy's most nominated actress, when the Oscar nominees are announced the day after the Golden Globe Awards, which air Jan. 17.

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"It will be a race between the veterans and the rookies, the most nominated performer ever against two young upstarts," Entertainment Weekly senior writer Dave Karger told

At the Globes, Mulligan, the star of "An Education," and Sidibe, the star of "Precious," are both up for best actress in the motion picture, drama category.

Another new face, Anna Kendrick will compete for best supporting actress in a motion picture at the Globes and is likely to pick up an Oscar nod in the same category.

Known to the teen-tween set for her role as Bella's classmate in the "Twilight" blockbuster series, Kendrick is winning kudos for holding her own as a young upstart opposite movie veteran George Clooney in "Up in the Air."

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Not all the fresh faces belong to young upstarts. Jeremy Renner, 38, who plays a bomb technician in the critically acclaimed "The Hurt Locker," and Christoph Waltz, 53, the Austrian-born villain of Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," are both long-time actors who are finally enjoying the spotlight. Waltz is considered the front-runner for the Academy's best supporting actor next year.

Here are seven stars-in-the-making to watch for this award season and beyond:

Carey Mulligan

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips predicts Mulligan will "be around for decades."

"She's probably as good as Kate Winslet and even Helen Mirren," Phillips told

The 24-year-old English actress made her film debut in "Pride & Prejudice" with Keira Knightley but it was her role as an English schoolgirl growing up in the 1960s in "An Education" that has won over the critics.

New York Times film critic A.O. Scott said "An Education" wouldn't have worked without her. "It's a complicated character, naïve and silly and shrewd and reckless," he told "She does a good job of that."

You can also catch Mulligan in the recently released "Brothers," in which she plays a military wife.

But it's in this year's "Wall Street 2," where she'll play Michael Douglas' daughter and co-star with Shia LaBeouf, whom she's rumored to now be dating, that most American audiences will probably get to know her.

"There will certainly be a lot of media attention attached to that movie and that will help build a resume for her," Greg Kilday, film editor for The Hollywood Reporter told

Gabourey Sidibe

It's hard to believe Sidibe has never acted before and could be competing against one of the greatest actresses of all time, Meryl Streep.

"The acting branch doesn't always acknowledge newcomers," Scott said. "But I think Gabby is terrific. It's Gabby that holds the picture together."

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