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Nobbs nation: Glenn and Guard lead greening of Golden Globes

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 16/12/2011 | 05:00

Glenn Close in
'Albert Nobbs'
Glenn Close in 'Albert Nobbs'
Don Cheadle (left) and Brendan Gleeson in 'The Guard'

THE Golden Globe Awards will sparkle with Irish talent next month. A host of actors, musicians and film industry gurus will travel from Ireland to Beverly Hills for the glittering awards, to be held on January 15, which will recognise the burgeoning industry here.

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The producers of 'Albert Nobbs' -- the period movie filmed in Dublin -- were celebrating last night after being nominated for three Golden Globes. The news was a personal triumph for lead actress Glenn Close, who waited 30 years to make the film about a woman who dressed as a man.

She was rewarded with a nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture -- Drama, while Sinead O'Connor was recognised for her musical contribution to the film.

Meanwhile, Brendan Gleeson proved that local themes can hold international appeal when he scored a Best Actor in a Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical award nomination for his role as a small-town garda in 'The Guard'.

Michael Fassbender was nominated for Best Actor in the Motion Picture -- Drama category for his performance in film 'Shame'. Meanwhile, TV series 'Game Of Thrones' which was filmed in Northern Ireland, and carried out all of its post-production in Dublin facility Screen Scene, was nominated in the Best TV Series category.

The success of 'Albert Nobbs' is striking given that it took 30 years to move from stage to screen. It is based on a short story by George Moore, and filming took place in Dublin last year with a largely Irish cast. Ms Close first played the part off Broadway and spent three decades attempting to finance the project, working on the script with novelist John Banville.

Important

Ms Close revealed to the Irish Independent how important Ireland had been to the project.

"I first played this part on stage 20 years ago and fell in love with the writing of George Moore.

"To be able to make this film in the place of its origin was a truly great experience.

"My writing collaboration with John Banville was a particular gift to me."

Ms Close's co-star Janet McAteer was also recognised with a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

'Albert Nobbs' is also nominated for Best Original Song for 'Lay Your Head Down' by Irish composer Brian Byrne, with lyrics by Ms Close and sung by Ms O'Connor.

Producer Alan Moloney hailed it as a "small-budget Irish film, costing around $8m (€6.14m), punching above its weight on the world stage".

Newly married singer Ms O'Connor told the Irish Independent she was "delighted, excited and tempted to run naked up the street" by the news that 'Lay Your Head Down' was nominated.

The song is a child's lullaby which Ms Close sings to a little boy in the film, and Ms O'Connor revealed it had been difficult to learn.

Dublin actor Brendan Gleeson also has a role in 'Albert Nobbs'. But it was for his role in box office smash 'The Guard' that he won a nomination for 'Best Actor in Motion Picture In A Comedy or Musical award'.

Speaking last night, Mr Gleeson said: "I am absolutely delighted for myself and for everyone involved, especially writer/director John Michael McDonagh, who gave me the gift of Sergeant Gerry Boyle.

"I love that something so culturally specific can receive such prestigious international recognition. It renews the faith," he said.

Irish Independent

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