Sunday 18 February 2018

Irish actor Michael Fassbender and Philomena lead BAFTA nominations

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kerry actor Michael Fassbender is one step closer to Oscar glory.

The German-Irish actor has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his harrowing role as a brutal slave owner in 12 Years a Slave.

Fassbender has been nominated in the same category at next Monday's Golden Globe awards and is hotly tipped to win an Academy Award for his work after being snubbed in the Best Actor category last year for Shame.

Also representing Irish interest is Philomnena, which was filmed in Ireland, which has been nominated for Best Picture.

Fassbender is up against Matt Damon for Behind the Candelabr, Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips, Bradley Cooper for American Hustle and Daniel Brühl for Rush.

Philomena, meanwhile is fighting it out with 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips,and Gravity for Best Film.

All the winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House on 16 February.

See all the nominations below:

Leading Actress

Amy Adams - American Hustle

Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock - Gravity

Judi Dench - Philomena

Emma Thompson - Saving Mr Banks

Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence - American HUstle

Lupita Nyong’o - 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts - Osage County

Oprah Winfrey - The Butler

Leading Actor

Christian Bale - American Hustle

Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave

Bruce Dern - Nebraska

Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips

Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper - American Hustle

Daniel Brühl - Rush

Matt Damon - Behind the Candelabra

Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave

Original Screenplay

American Hustle

Blue Jasmine,


Inside Llewyn Davis



Animated Film

Despicable Me 2


Monsters University


The Act of Killing

The Armstrong Lie


Tim’s Vermeer

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity

Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips

Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave

David O. Russell - American Hustle

Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street

Online Editors

Promoted Links

Entertainment Newsletter

Going out? Staying in? From great gigs to film reviews and listings, entertainment has you covered.

Promoted Links

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment