Both are nominated in the acting categories: Ronan for her work in Brooklyn and Fassbender for his leading role in Steve Jobs.
And further good news for Irish hopes comes with a nod for writer Emma Donoghue, who is nominated for best screenplay for Room, an adaptation of her novel of the same name. The film is also nominated for best motion picture.
Ronan was widely expected to be nominated, but when Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid read the list of stars cited in that category, Ronan’s name was absent.
In its place was a flubbed version — “Sheesha Ronan” — and meme infamy.
Quaid’s gaffe immediately went viral, as the Irish star’s name continues to confound the Hollywood stars that have to read Ronan’s name from a list of nominees.
Commenting on the news, James Hickey, the chief executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann — the Irish Film Board — said that 2015 had been a stellar year for Irish movies.
“Irish film is enjoying a real coming of age this year, with our writers, directors, and actors all receiving unprecedented global acclaim — both with awards and from audiences,” Mr Hickey said yesterday.
“Today the industry is celebrating the Golden Globe nominations and coming next month are the Academy Award nominations, with Irish talent tipped to take centre stage.”
Lesbian romance drama Carol leads the Golden Globes nominations with five nods, including the top category for best drama, while Wall Street misdeeds movie The Big Short leads the comedy film categories with four nominations.
Carol tells the story of a married older woman who falls in love with a young shopgirl in the 1950s. It is up against Pioneer-era movie The Revenant; psychological thriller Room; Catholic Church abuse investigation Spotlight; and action thriller Mad Max: Fury Road for best drama.
Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara have both landed best actress nominations, and the movie has also picked up nods for director Todd Haynes and for best original score.
The Big Short will go up against The Martian, Spy, Trainwreck, and Joy for best comedy/musical.
Winners are chosen by around 90 journalists from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, rather than by members of the film industry. The Golden Globes are often seen as one of the indicators of Oscar contenders. Last year’s Golden Globe best comedy/musical film winner, Birdman, went on to win the best picture Oscar.
Golden Globe winners will be announced at a televised ceremony in Los Angeles on January 10, hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais.