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VIDEO: Jack O'Connell a director's 'gift' says Jolie

Actress Angelina Jolie has paid tribute to the work of Derby film star Jack O'Connell.

She was speaking on stage at The Palladium in California ahead of presenting him with the 'New Hollywood Award.'

Jolie is the director of his upcoming film 'Unbroken'.

ack O'Connell pictured with Angelina Jolie at The Hollywood Film Awards 2014 Credit: Tammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

"It is hard to find a young man today with more fight and more fire than Jack O'Connell", she said.

"As a director, to have Jack in front of your lens is a gift.

"He draws you in, he makes every moment honest. In his work he gives all that he has."

VIDEO: Angelina Jolie tries Derby accent 'Ay up me duck'

This is the moment where Angelina Jolie introduced a Derby actor with the East Midlands greeting "Ay up me duck".

The Hollywood star welcomed Jack O'Connell onto the stage at an awards ceremony by doing her best impression of his accent.

He has the lead role in her upcoming film Unbroken.

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Angelina Jolie greets Derby actor with 'Ay up me duck!"

Angelina Jolie has introduced a Derby actor onto the stage at an awards ceremony by doing her best impression of his accent.

Jack O'Connell pictured with Angelina Jolie at The Hollywood Film Awards 2014 Credit: Tammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

Jack O'Connell was greeted by the actress with the East Midlands phrase "ay up me duck".

He has the lead role in Jolie's upcoming film Unbroken.

Angelina Jolie presents Derby film star Jack O'Connell an award

Derby film star Jack O'Connell was presented with the 'New Hollywood Award' by Angelina Jolie who is the director of his upcoming film "Unbroken".

See pictures of the stars at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards which took place at The Palladium in California last night:

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