Monday 11 December 2017

BAFTA boost for Irish film

Daniel Day-Lewis took the National Society of Film Critics best actor award
Daniel Day-Lewis took the National Society of Film Critics best actor award

Clockwise from left: actress Anne Hathaway, a scene from 'Seven Psychopaths', actress Sally Field and actor Daniel Day-Lewis. Blueprint Pictures/Getty Laura Butler

ACTOR Daniel Day-Lewis will lead the way for the Irish at this year's BAFTAs after picking up a nomination for Best Actor.

The Wicklow-based star has been given the nod for his portrayal of American president Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's historical biopic 'Lincoln'.

The movie has received the total number of award nominations on the night, securing a place on the shortlist in 10 categories, including Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Film.

Day-Lewis will go up against Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman and Joaquin Phoenix in his category.

While he is no doubt at the forefront for the home contingent, Day-Lewis is not the only Irish name on the shortlists. Also competing for an accolade are filmmakers Seamus McGarvey, Kris Kelly, Evelyn McGrath and Martin McDonagh.

Armagh-born McGarvey has received a nomination for his cinematography work on director Joe Wright's period drama 'Anna Karenina', which was released to critical acclaim last year. It also stars our very own Domhnall Gleeson opposite Oscar-nominee and protagonist Keira Knightley.

Speaking to the Irish Independent from Vancouver, where he is preparing for filming of Gareth Edwards' remake of 'Godzilla', McGarvey said his nod was "completely unexpected".


He attributed it to budgets being cut ahead of production for 'Anna Karenina', in turn allowing him to go in a different direction creatively.

"The film looks better than its budget, which was tight. We changed style before going into production because the money fell through and it was re-imagined.

"In many ways that unleashed us and I think that certainly enhanced the visuals because it allowed us to be braver and bolder with decisions." McGarvey said he's honoured to be amongst such esteemed homegrown talent.

"It's exciting times for us, things are really up for Irish film and those associated with it," he said.

Belfast-based duo Kelly and McGrath have also been nominated for their short animation 'Here to Fall'. It previously won the Quijote Prize at the 2012 Galway Film Fleadh.

"We're really over the moon. You put a hell of a lot work into a project and when you get a nomination it's a real vote of confidence for your decisions and what you wanted to say," Kelly told the Irish Independent.

Martin McDonagh's 'Seven Psychopaths', starring Colin Farrell, has been nominated in the Outstanding British Film category, alongside 'Anna Karenina', 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', 'Les Miserables' and 'Skyfall'.

Stephen Fry will host the BAFTA Awards in London on February 10.

Irish Independent

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