‘Room’ at the top of Ifta nominations

Room, Sing Street, and My Name is Emily look set to be the big winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards (Iftas) as they have bagged eight nominations apiece.

‘Room’ at the top of Ifta nominations

Some of the other film and television programmes to receive nominations include: Brooklyn (7), Viva (7), The Survivalist (4), An Klondike (9), Rebellion (8), Vikings (5), Penny Dreadful (3), and Game of Thrones (2).

The nominations for best film are: Brooklyn, My Name is Emily, Room, Sing Street, The Survivalist, and Viva.

Five of the best films have also received nominations for best director: Lenny Abrahamson for Room; John Carney for Sing Street; John Crowley for Brooklyn; Paddy Breathnach for Viva; and Stephen Fingleton for The Survivalist.

Emma Donoghue (Room), Mark O’Halloran (Viva), Simon Fitzmaurice (My Name is Emily), and John Carney (Sing Street), are all nominated for their scripts alongside Moscow-based Irish writer/director Johnny O’Reilly for Moscow Never Sleeps.

In the category of actor in a leading film role, Colin Farrell is nominated for his turn in The Lobster alongside Domhnall Gleeson for his performance in Ex Machina. Michael Fassbender is shortlisted for his portrayal of Steve Jobs in the film of the same name. Barry Keoghan receives his first nomination for his performance as a troubled youth in Mammal while Martin McCann gets a nod for his performance in The Survivalist.

Saoirse Ronan is up for actress in a leading film role, for her performance in Brooklyn. She is joined by Orla Brady for her turn in The Price of Desire, Eva Birthistle for Swansong, Evanna Lynch for My Name is Emily, and Ruth Bradley in the modern-day Irish myth Pursuit.

Nominations for actors in supporting roles in film have gone to Domhnall Gleeson for Brooklyn, Michael Smiley for My Name is Emily, Owen Roe for Pursuit, Jack Reynor for Sing Street, and Sean T Ó Meallaigh who is nominated for The Callback Queen.

Jane Brennan is nominated for supporting actress in film for Brooklyn alongside Olwen Fourere for The Survivalist, Ger Ryan for The Callback Queen, Siobhan O’Kelly for the feature cut of An Klondike, and newcomer Gemma Leah Devereux for her performance in Get Up and Go.

In the best drama category, the Galway-based Irish-language series An Klondike, set in the Alaskan Goldrush of the late 1800s, and the 1916 period drama Rebellion are nominated alongside the epic fantasy Game of Thrones, much of which is filmed in the North. Horror drama Penny Dreadful and historical action drama Vikings also received nods.

Nominations for best director drama are Anthony Byrne for Ripper Street, Neasa Hardiman for Happy Valley, Dathaí Keane for An Klondike, Aisling Walsh for An Inspector Calls, and Brian Kirk for Penny Dreadful.

The strongly contested lead actor in a drama category sees Colin Farrell nominated for True Detective, Aidan Turner for Poldark, Dara Devaney for An Klondike, Stephen Rea for Dickensian, and Barry Ward for Rebellion.

Caitriona Balfe has been shortlisted for her role as US show Outlander, Ruth Bradley and Sarah Greene for Rebellion, Elaine Cassidy for No Offence, and Catherine Walker for Critical.

Liam Cunningham is shortlisted for his role in Game of Thrones, in the supporting actor drama category along with Stephen Rea for his performance in War and Peace, Ned Dennehy for his depiction of Scrooge in Dickensian, Moe Dunford for Vikings, and Robert O’Mahoney for An Klondike.

Liam Cunningham
Liam Cunningham

Michelle Fairley is nominated for Rebellion alongside Sarah Greene for Penny Dreadful, Paula Malcomson for US show Ray Donovan, Ruth Negga for Marvel Agents of Shield, and Victoria Smurfit for the US hit Once Upon a Time.

Ifta chief executive Aine Moriarty said the awards, which take place in the Round Room of the Mansion House on April 9, were a chance to reflect on a stunning year for Irish film and television.

“What a superb year for Irish production and this year’s nominations showcase to the world what Ireland’s small but excellent film industry has to offer,” she said.

“Irish creative talent is delivering world-class standards of work and we look forward to showcasing and celebrating their achievements at the ceremony.”

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