Vikings and villains get the nod at the IFTAs

From dragons to psychopaths, Vikings to villains, a wide array of genres have been recognised by this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards.

Vikings and villains get the nod at the IFTAs

Love/Hate, Frank, and Patrick’s Day have topped the nominations for this year’s IFTA’s. Frank and Patrick’s Day headed the list for film nominations with nine each, while Love/Hate and Vikings received seven in the television section.

Other films to receive multiple nominations include Glassland with six and I Used to Live Here, Noble, and animated fim Song of the Sea with three each.

John Carney is nominated in the Director Film category for his feature film Begin Again alongside Lenny Abrahamson, Gerard Barrett, and Terry McMahon.

Frank Berry and Will Collins are up for scripts for I Used to Live Here and Song of the Sea alongside writer/directors Gerard Barrett and Terry McMahon.

In the Best Drama category, Northern Irish-based drama The Fall is nominated alongside the epic fantasy Game of Thrones and the historical action drama Vikings, which is shot in Wicklow.

Dublin-based dramas also feature strongly with the political series Charlie being nominated as well as the final season of Love/Hate.

In the actor in a leading role in film category, Colin Farrell is nominated for Miss Julie alongside Jack Reynor for Glassland, while Michael Fassbender is shortlisted for his turn in Frank, and Moe Dunford for his role in Patrick’s Day.

Deirdre O’Kane is nominated for best lead actress for her performance in Noble along with Simone Kirby (Jimmy’s Hall), Tara Breathnach (A Nightingale Falling) and Jordanne Jones (I Used to Live Here).

The strongly contested Actor Lead role in Television category sees Jamie Dornan nominated for The Fall, along with Aidan Gillen (Charlie), Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), and Tom Vaughan Lawlor (Love/Hate).

Caitriona Balfe has been shortlisted for US show Outlander, alongside Maria Doyle Kennedy (Corp+ Anam), Charlie Murphy (Love/Hate), and Michelle Beamish (An Bronntanas).

Academy CEO Aine Moriarty said the nominations showed the strength of what Irish film and television had 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 and dramas along with great feature documentaries and shorts. We look forward to acknowledging and celebrating the great work of the home industry on the ceremony night ahead.”

The awards take place at the Mansion House and Round Room on Mary 24 and will be broadcast by TV3.

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