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IFTA Reveals Shortlist Of Nominees

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The Irish Film and Television Academy have announced the shortlist of nominees in 40 strongly contested categories for the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards, which takes place on Saturday 5th April at the DoubleTree at Hilton Burlington Road and broadcast primetime on RTÉ ONE (reaching 1.24 Million viewers last year).

Nominations are announced in categories across film and television, celebrating the highest standard of Irish talent over the past twelve months. All IFTA’s categories have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Film & Television Academy alongside a select Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.  IFTA received 311 titles submitted for consideration in the 2013 Awards.

Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty stated that: “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. We look forward to acknowledging and celebrating the great work of the home industry on the Ceremony night ahead”.

The feature films nominated for Best Film are the 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.

Nominee 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.

Television Drama being produced across Ireland north and south, continues to enthral both Irish and International audiences with compelling scripts, great direction and performances all round.  Northern Irish based police investigations drama The Fall is nominated alongside the epic fantasy Game of Thrones and the new historical action drama Vikings which is shot in Co Wicklow.  Dublin based Dramas also feature strongly with the period-set crime investigation series Quirke being nominated as well as the gritty urban drama Love/Hate.

Actor Lead role in Television sees Gabriel Byrne being nominated for his performance in Quirke, Jamie Dornan shortlisted for the Fall, Chris O’Dowd for Moone Boy, and Tom Vaughan Lawlor for Love/Hate.

Deirdre O’Kane has been shortlisted for her role as Mrs Moone in Moone Boy.  Eva Birthistle’s performance in Amber has ensured her nomination alongside Love/Hate’s Mary Murray and Charlie Murphy.

Allen Leech is shortlisted for his role as Tom in Downton Abbey in the supporting Actor Television category along with Liam Cunningham and Aidan Gillen for Game of Thrones as is Peter Coonan for his performance in Love/Hate this series.   Victoria Smurfit is nominated for Dracula alongside Michelle Fairley for Game of Thrones; Elaine Cassidy for the Paradise and Coilfhionn Dunne of Love/Hate.

The TV Entertainment category this year shortlists very popular audience programmes that are entertaining and engaging the nation; Irish Pictorial Weekly and Mrs Brown’s Boys are nominated alongside Moone Boy and The Late Late Show’s episode which featured Majella O’Donnell’s brave charity act.

A great mix and diverse programmes have come through in the single TV Documentary category with Danny Boy: The Ballad that Bewitched the World receiving its nomination alongside the Belvedere College The Scholarship – Class of 2018; Also nominated is The Disappeared which tells the story of those killed and secretely burried in Northern Ireland and shortlisted too is Donal Walsh – My Story documentary about the brave young Kerryman.

In Current Affairs/ News, Tonight with Vincent Browne’s programme on the IBRC debate is nominated alongside RTE’s Breach of Trust programme exposing the créche industry in Ireland as is their Inside Irish Nationwide programme with Richard Curran and BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight: Housing – Whatever It Takes about corruption within the Housing Executive in NI.

The Irish Film & Television Awards Ceremony will showcase the best of Ireland’s creative talent both in front and behind the scenes, and will acknowledge Irish excellence and achievements. The ceremony will welcome a host of film stars, TV personalities, directors, producers and distinguished guests to celebrate the undisputed talent that exists within the film and television industries in Ireland.

Image courtesy of IFTA.ie

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