'Lincoln' leads pack for Oscars
DANIEL Day-Lewis will lead Irish hopes at the Oscars this year after being nominated for Best Actor thanks to his performance in 'Lincoln'.
Another Irish contender is Armagh-born Seamus McGarvey, who has been shortlisted in the Cinematography category for his work on 'Anna Karenina'.
He previously took home an award for 'Atonement', his first collaboration with actress Keira Knightley.
And it is the first Oscar recognition for Kerry-born Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (26), whose short animation 'Head Over Heels' will compete for the Best Animated Short Film.
'Lincoln', the American civil war saga, has been shortlisted for a total of 12 categories at the upcoming awards. The biopic about US President Abraham Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, will also contend for the Best Picture and Best Director gongs, with Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field nominated in supporting roles.
Lee Jones will go head-to-head with Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christoph Waltz, while Field was nominated alongside Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Helen Hunt and Jacki Weaver for Best Supporting Actress.
English-born Day-Lewis, who lives in Ireland and holds both Irish and British citizenship, will go up against Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman and Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor on February 24.
If he wins, Day-Lewis will become the first actor to ever receive three Best Actor awards.
The Wicklow-based star won his first Oscar in 1990 for his performance in 'My Left Foot'.
The 55-year-old then picked up a second Academy Award in 2008 for 'There Will Be Blood', in which he played a ruthless oil prospector at the turn of the 20th Century.
He was also nominated in 1994 for 'In The Name of the Father' and in 2003 for his role in 'Gangs of New York'.
The latest nomination signals the second prestigious nod for Day-Lewis in two days – as he is also up for Best Actor at the forthcoming BAFTAs.
Noel Pearson, producer of 'My Left Foot', told the Irish Independent that Day-Lewis's nomination was thoroughly deserved, after two years of hard work on the production.
"He's the best screen actor around, I'm delighted for him. He's great, a sensational talent."
Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly shares her nomination with director Timothy Reckart.
The film was made while the pair were students at the National Film and Television School in London.
It tells the story of a husband and wife who have grown apart and how they rise above their difficulties and has already picked up several wins on the festival circuit, including the audience prize at the Hiroshima International Film Festival, and the jury best film, audience best film and audience student film at Brazil's Anima Mundi Film Festival.
At home, it won the debut short animated film at the Galway Film Fleadh.
The Oscar nominations were announced yesterday by 'Spider Man' actress Emma Stone and this year's ceremony host Seth MacFarlane.
The awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on February 24.
Bookmakers Paddy Power have backed 'Lincoln' as their 8/15 favourite for picking up the Best Picture accolade, followed closely by 'Les Miserables' at 4/1.