Fassbender nominated for Golden Globe
MICHAEL Fassbender could be the next Irishman to win an Oscar after receiving a second nomination for his role in a major new Hollywood movie.
The Kerryman has been nominated as Best Supporting Actor in both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes, for his role in '12 Years a Slave', which is leading the pack in the run up to the Academy Awards. His nomination for a Golden Globe was announced yesterday.
The film -- in which he has a starring role -- has nominations with the guild in four out of the five possible categories and has been nominated for seven Golden Globes.
Dame Judi Dench also looks set to secure her sixth Oscar nomination, with her performance in 'Philomena', a film telling the story of Irish woman Philomena Lee, who was forced by nuns to give up her son having fallen pregnant as a teenager.
Ms Dench has been nominated for five Oscars and won one in 1998 for 'Shakespeare in Love'. She has now received her seventh nomination for a Golden Globe.
The iconic British actress' nomination for the Best Actress award by both bodies is just one of a number of Irish connections to this year's Hollywood awards season.
U2 also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for their track 'Ordinary Love' from the film 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'.
Fassbender will go head to head in the Best Supporting Actor category with Barkhad Abdi's performance in 'Captain Phillips', Daniel Bruhl in Rush, Jared Leto in 'Dallas Buyers Club' and the late James Gandolfini in 'Enough Said' at the Golden Globes on 12th January 2014.