Jack O’Connell gets BAFTA nod as academy snub other Irish stars

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Rising star Jack O’Connell is up for the EE Rising Star 2015 award at next month’s BAFTAs as a host of other Irish stars were snubbed by the academy, as nominations were released last week.

Derby Irish actor O’Connell impressed last year in Northern Ireland drama ‘71, as well as Angelina Jolie directed Unbroken alongside Domhnall Gleeson in which he survived on 400 calories a day to re-enact his character spending 47 days stranded at sea.

Last month, 24-year-old O’Connell lost out to the Brendan Gleeson for Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards but there is no nomination for the Dubliner for his role in Cavalry at the BAFTAs.

Cavalry director John Michael McDonagh was also up for a BIFA, but has been overlooked by BAFTA, as is Archway-born Imelda Staunton for her role in Pride which focuses on the true story of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the 1984 miners strikes.

Dubliner Stephen Rennicks picked up a BIFA for the soundtrack to comedy-drama Frank but like his native film stars has not been included in the list of BAFTA nominees.

Jack O’Connell is up against Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie, American Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley who starred in The Fault in Our Stars and Gugu Mbatha-Raw who won Best Actress at the BIFAs for her role in Belle.

The BAFTA film awards are on February 8 with favourites for gongs being Richard Linklater for best director for Boyhood, Julianne Moore best actress for Still Alice and Eddie Reyman best actor for The Theory of Everything.

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