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Stars With Bright Futures

Lupita Nyong'o "12 Years a Slave" (Getty Images/Fox Searchlight)

16 Rising Stars with Very Bright Futures

Yahoo Movies

It's not just acting heavyweights like Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis that come into the spotlight during Oscar season. You can almost always count on a fresh face or two to join the mix, be it Jennifer Lawrence when she broke through for "Winter's Bone" or the young Quvenzhané Wallis in 2012's "Beasts of the Southern Wild." This year that ingénue is "12 Years a Slave" star Lupita Nyong'o. The breakout actress is on fire right now and leads a new pack of promising up-and-comers in Hollywood. Here are 16 we're excited to watch emerge over the next few years. -- By Amanda Bell