Monday 27 February 2017

The Guard joint top nominee for Irish film award

Independent.ie reporters

Brendan Gleeson in The Guard
Brendan Gleeson in The Guard

THE cops-and-robbers comedy The Guard – starring Brendan Gleeson – has been nominated for a range of Irish film awards.

Directed by John Michael McDonagh and set in the West of Ireland, the hit comedy came out joint top when nominations for the Irish Film and Television Awards – the Iftas - were announced earlier today.



In all, the movie received nine nominations, including one for Brendan Gleeson as best actor and McDonagh – brother of playwright and filmmaker Martin - for both director and screenwriter.



Two other films also received nine mentions.



Stella Days, directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan, is the story of a priest’s efforts to maintain a cinema in rural Ireland.



And Alfred Nobbs, starring Glenn Close as a woman forced to cross-dress in 19th century Ireland, also got the nod.



But, The Guard - the best box office performing Irish produced film ever – is tipped as a strong favourite to bag the top award.



Gleeson has already received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.





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