Oscars 2023: Record haul for Irish as Banshees of Inisherin gets nine nominations

Colin Farrell has been nominated for best actor alongside fellow Irish man Paul Mescal for his role in Aftersun
Oscars 2023: Record haul for Irish as Banshees of Inisherin gets nine nominations

Colin Farrell and Paul Mescal have each been nominated for best actor

The Banshees of Inisherin is a record-breaking film with a total of nine Oscar nominations, including Colin Farrell's first-ever nod for the prestigious awards. In total, there are 12 nominations for Irish productions.

Among its total of a whopping nine nominations, the Banshees of Inisherin is up for best picture and original screenplay. Previously, Belfast and In the Name of the Father held the titles for the most nominated Irish film at the Academy Awards.

Colin Farrell has been nominated for best actor alongside fellow Irish man Paul Mescal for his role in Aftersun.

Along with nominations for best original screenplay and achievement in music original score, Kerry Condon has been nominated for her role in the Banshees of Inisherin under the category for best performance by an actress in a supporting role. 

Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan both got nominations for their roles in the film The Banshees of Inisherin. Photo: Searchlight Pictures
Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan both got nominations for their roles in the film The Banshees of Inisherin. Photo: Searchlight Pictures

In another nod for the Banshees of Inisherin, Brendan Gleeson has been nominated for best actor in a supporting role as well as Barry Keoghan. 

In a statement to the PA news agency, Colin Farrell said: “(I’m) just so grateful to the Academy for all the love it’s shared with the Banshees’ cast and crew.

“Also, beyond honoured to be lumped together with my fellow nominees. A heartfelt congratulations to all the lads.”

Commenting on the nominations, Brendan Gleeson added: “I’m so proud and grateful to be part of The Banshees Of Inisherin on a personal and professional level. I’m absolutely thrilled for the whole brilliant cast and everyone at home.

“What a day for the Irish film industry on a world stage. Feels like a huge family outing on the cards."

Meanwhile, Colm Bairéad’s The Quiet Girl (An Cailín Ciúin) is also up for best international feature film.

An Cailín Ciúin was also among the 15 international feature films to be shortlisted for the prestigious award. It was the first Irish language feature film to ever be nominated for an Oscar.

Set in Northern Ireland, An Irish Goodbye has also been nominated in the best short film category. Elsewhere, Dublin native Richard Baneham is part of the team nominated four times for Avatar: The Way of Water.

The Banshees of Inisherin has also been nominated for best film editing while Martin McDonagh has also been nominated for best director alongside Steven Spielberg for The Fablemans. 

Irish actors Colin Farrell and Paul Mescal have both been nominated for performance by an actor in a leading role. 

Colin Farrell and The Banshees of Inisherin director Martin McDonagh at the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards. Picture: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Colin Farrell and The Banshees of Inisherin director Martin McDonagh at the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards. Picture: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

It marks Colin Farrell’s first Oscar nod. The Irish actor also received his first Bafta nomination last week for his role in the Banshees of Inisherin and has also picked up a Golden Globe for his performance.

Set on an island off the coast of Ireland in 1923, the Banshees of Inisherin follows two men after one of them decides he no longer wants to be friends. It saw McDonagh reunite with his In Bruges stars, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

Nominations for the 95th annual Academy Awards were announced this afternoon by Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams.

US comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host the 95th Academy Awards. The star-studded awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on March 12.

The nominations...

Performance by an actor in a leading role 

Austin Butler in Elvis 

Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin 

Brendan Fraser in The Whale 

Paul Mescal in Aftersun 

Bill Nighy in Living 

Performance by an actor in a supporting role 

Brendan Gleeson in The Banshees of Inisherin 

Brian Tyree Henry in Causeway 

Judd Hirsch in The Fabelmans 

Barry Keoghan in The Banshees of Inisherin 

Ke Huy Quan in Everything Everywhere All at Once 

Performance by an actress in a leading role 

Cate Blanchett in Tár 

Ana de Armas in Blonde 

Andrea Riseborough in To Leslie 

Michelle Williams in The Fabelmans 

Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once 

Performance by an actress in a supporting role 

Angela Bassett in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 

Hong Chau in The Whale 

Kerry Condon in The Banshees of Inisherin

Jamie Lee Curtis in Everything Everywhere All at Once 

Stephanie Hsu in Everything Everywhere All at Once 

Best motion picture of the year 

All Quiet on the Western Front 

Avatar: The Way of Water 

The Banshees of Inisherin

Elvis

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Fabelmans 

Tár 

Top Gun: Maverick 

Triangle of Sadness 

Women Talking 

Original screenplay

The Banshees of Inisherin 

Everything Everywhere All at Once 

The Fabelmans 

Tár 

Triangle of Sadness 

Best live action short film 

An Irish Goodbye 

Ivalu

Le Pupille 

Night Ride 

The Red Suitcase 

Best international feature film of the year 

All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany)

Argentina, 1985 (Argentina)

Close (Belgium)

EO (Poland)

The Quiet Girl (Ireland) 

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