Irish superstars lead this year's IFTA nominations
Published 27/02/2014 | 09:24
This year's IFTAs will see Christian Grey battling it out with Ronan O'Gara, Amy Huberman and Michael Fassbender for their golden statue.
The 2014 Irish Film and Television Awards, dubbed 'the Irish Oscars', will see the best of Ireland's acting and creative talent go head to head for a prestigious award.
Irish actor Jamie Dornan, who has wrapped filming his role as Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey, has been nominated for a Best Lead Actor in Television award for his role in The Fall against Love/Hate's Tom Vaughan Lawlor (aka Nidge), Chris O'Dowd for Moone Boy and Gabriel Byrne for Quirke.
The female equivalent sees Deirdre O'Kane for Moone Boy, Eva Birthistle for Amber and Love/Hate's Mary Murray (brother owner Janet) and Charlie Murphy (Siobhan).
This year will see some of Ireland's finest acting talent recognised for their work both in Ireland and abroad.
Allen Leech is up for Best Supporting Actor in television for Downton Abbey, going against Liam Cunningham and Aidan Gillen in Game of Thrones and Peter Coonan as Fran in Love/Hate.
LA-based Victoria Smurfit nabbed a nod for her work in Dracula, versus Michelle Fairley for Game of Thrones, Elaine Cassidy for the Paradise and Coilfhionn Dunne as Lizzie of Love/Hate.
And it's going to be a family affair for the Gleesons as Brendan and son Domnhall are going head to head in the Best Lead Actor in Film category.
Gleesons Snr has been nominated for his role in Calvary, while his son has been shortlisted for his work in romantic drama About Time. Andrew Scott is also nominated for The Stag, against Ciaran Hinds in The Sea.
A-lister Colin Farrell is the Best Supporting Actor/Film lead for Saving Mr Banks, Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave, Edward MacLiam for Run & Jump and Peter McDonald in The Stag.
The Irish answer to The Hangover is leading the film nods as Amy Huberman is up for Best Supporting Actress against Fionnuala Flanagan for Life's A Breeze, Orla O'rourke in Calvary and Sinead Cusack in The Sea.
In the lead actress categoy, IFTA staple Saoirse Ronan is up fro Byzantium, Antonia Campbell-Hughes in 3096, Kelly Thornton in Life's a Breeze and Jane McGarth in Black Ice.
Ronan O'Gara's 'ROG' documentary has been nominated in the Sports category, and Donal Walsh My Story has also been shortlisted for Best Documentary.
This year's awards will take place at the Hilton on Burlington Road on Saturday, April 5th and will be aired on RTE One.
See the full list of IFTA nominations:
Film of the Year
Byzantium (Alan Moloney, Stephen Woolley, Parallel Films, Number 9 Films)
Calvary (James Flynn, Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Octagon Films, Reprisal Films)
Run & Jump (Tamara Angie, David Collins, Martina Niland, Samson Films)