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Jack O'Connell: I need to win the BAFTA!

Jack O'Connell used to feel neglected when BAFTA overlooked him for the Rising Star Award.

The British actor has made the shortlist for the 2015 accolade, with the ceremony being held next month, but faces stiff competition from the likes of Margot Robbie, Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Jack has been well known to British audiences for many years thanks to his role in UK TV show Skins, but 2014 saw him propelled on to a global stage after Angelina Jolie cast him in WWII drama Unbroken. The 24-year-old used to get upset with the lack of recognition for his work, but is pleased his latest projects have impressed awards organisers.

"I remember people winning this award [BAFTA Rising Star] back in the day and feeling a bit overlooked and neglected," Jack admitted to British magazine Grazia. "Neglect is a bad thing, it makes people react in very funny ways, but that stems from jealousy which is a sh*t trait - particularly in this line of work.

"I certainly feel the more affirmation I've got in the work that I've done, the less I'm susceptible to those emotions, so to be here now campaigning for myself is brilliant. Will I be jealous if some else wins? Probably, but that's human instinct."

Jack's turn as POW Louis Zamperini in Unbroken has wowed critics and audiences alike. His next project is Money Monster, a thriller co-starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

It's helmed by Jodie Foster, and Jack can't wait to get to work.

"I'll find out in February what she's like to work with but, having met her a couple of times, she's got a head on her shoulders, a creative head and all, so I'm looking forward to seeing her," he smiled.

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