Chris O'Dowd nominated for a BAFTA gong
Chris O'Dowd has received a surprise Bafta nomination for the Rising Star Award following his success at the box office in Bridesmaids.
Roscommon born O’Dowd, who is currently back in his native Boyle filming a series for Sky Moon Boy based on his experiences growing up in the town, is nominated along with Adam Deacon, Chris Hemsworth, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston in the category.
He has appeared in four series of Channel 4’s The IT Crowd, but his scene stealing role in Bridesmaids has made him hot property in Hollywood. The award winner which is announced in advance of the BAFTA’s is voted for by the British public.
Also nominated for a BAFTA are Michael Fassbender for his role as a sex addict in Shame. He lost out to George Clooney at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.
The Guard director John Michael McDonagh is nominated for Best Director for the movie that starred Brendan Gleeson, who missed out on a nomination.
Meryl Streep's portrayal of Margaret Thatcher and Michelle Williams's role as Marilyn Monroe have put them head-to-head at this year's Baftas.
US actress Meryl is up for best actress for her portrayal of the former British prime minister.
Tilda Swinton is also up for the award for her part in We Need To Talk About Kevin, alongside Viola Davis for The Help, Berenice Bejo for top-nominated film The Artist, and Williams for her role in My Week With Marilyn.
Streep has already won a Golden Globe for her role in The Iron Lady, and is tipped for an Oscar.
Silent film The Artist has scooped the largest number of nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards, with 12.
Cold War thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy follows with 11, including a leading actor nod for Gary Oldman.
His rivals at the awards, the biggest event in the British film calendar, include heartthrobs Brad Pitt for Moneyball and George Clooney for The Descendants.
Hugo, Martin Scorsese's first children's film, has nine nominations, including best director.
My Week With Marilyn has six nominations and The Help and War Horse are each nominated five times.