By Shelley Marsden
The Irish Film and Television Academy has brought out its shortlist of nominees in 40 strongly contested categories for the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards.
Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty said: “This year’s Nominations showcase to the world what Ireland’s small but excellent film and television community has to offer. Their hard work over the last 12 months has delivered world-class standards with some of the most diverse and engaging Irish films, dramas and documentaries along with great entertainment and factual programmes.”
Nominated for Best Film are visual horror feast of Byzantium; the blackly comic priestly dilemma of Calvary; the intimate and happy-go-lucky Run & Jump; the haunting, poetic and uplifting drama The Sea; and comedy hurdles of the Irish groom-to-be in The Stag; four of the five best films also get nominations for Best Script; John Banville for The Sea; Ailbhe Keogan Run & Jump; John Michael McDonagh for Calvary and the duo of John Butler & Peter McDonald for The Stag.
Ruiri Robinson is nominated for Director Film for his debut sci-fi feature film The Last Days on Mars alongside John Butler, Neil Jordan and John Michael McDonagh.
In the Actor in a Leading Role Film category, Brendan Gleeson is nominated for Calvary alongside Domhnall Gleeson’s performance in the Richard Curtis film About Time; as is Ciarán Hinds shortlisted for his skillful turn in The Sea and The Stag’s leading-man performance by Andrew Scott.
Antonia Campbell-Hughes is in good company within Actress in a Leading Role Film with her 3096 Days performance alongside Saoirse Ronan’s turn in Byzantium; both are joined by new acting talents Jane McGrath who performs in the Irish boy-racer film Black Ice and Kelly Thornton for her achievement in the lively family saga of Life’s a Breeze.
Nominated for Actors in Supporting Roles in Film are Colin Farrell for Saving Mr Banks, Michael Fassbender for Twelve year’s a Slave; Edward MacLiam for Run & Jump and Peter McDonald who is nominated for The Stag. Sinead Cusack is nominated for Supporting Actress in Film for The Sea alonside Fionnula Flannigan for Life’s a Breeze; Amy Huberman for The Stag and Orla O’Rourke for her performance in Calvary.
The 11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards take place in Dublin on Saturday April 5, Broadcasting on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.
For the full list of nominees see www.ifta.ie.