Monday 22 July 2019

Battle of the big guns as Ruth Negga, Jamie Dornan and Michael Fassbender head star-studded Iftas

Jamie Dornan. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Jamie Dornan. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Jamie Dornan has been nominated for an IFTA for his role in the film 'The Siege of Jadotville' and the TV series The Fall
Ruth Negga has been nominated for an IFTA. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIXJEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images

Sasha Brady

Ruth Negga, Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan and Michael Fassbender have all been included in the IFTA nominations for this year's award ceremony.

Ifta announced nominees yesterday for its 2017 Film & Drama Awards Ceremony to take place at the Mansion House on April 8.

Those in the running include the heavyweights of Irish acting talent Michael Fassbender, Jamie Dornan, Colin Farrell and Liam Cunningham.

Oscar-nominee Negga (35), has been nominated in the Best Actress categories for both film (Loving) and TV (Preacher).

Ruth Negga has been nominated for an IFTA. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIXJEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images
Ruth Negga has been nominated for an IFTA. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIXJEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images

The Limerick actor's star has been steadily on the rise after she received multiple nominations across Hollywood awards season this year for her role in Loving.

She will go up against Amy Huberman, Caitriona Balfe and Anne-Marie Duff in the TV category.

Other well-known actors in the running for an Ifta gong include Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them), Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones) and Fiona Shaw (Out Of Innocence).

They are also up against some of Ireland's best homegrown and emerging talent.

Cork cocaine caper The Young Offenders and historic epic The Siege Of Jadotville have picked up the most nominations for this year's awards.

Both films have been nominated in seven categories including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

The Young Offenders was a runaway hit last year taking €1.3m at the Irish box office.

The Siege Of Jadotville, starring Jamie Dornan, depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan by 3,000 Congolese troops.

Other films and series that picked up multiple nominations include A Date For Mad Mary which got the nod in five categories, including Best Actress for Seana Kerslake.

In the TV category, An Klondike was nominated in an impressive 10 categories.

The critically acclaimed series will go up against The Fall, Game Of Thrones, Striking Out, Smalltown and Vikings.

Ifta chief executive Aine Moriarty said this year's list of nominees is testament to the talent working in the industry.

"These great nominees are a testament to the hard work and achievements by Irish creative talent within the film and television industry, delivering world-class standards of work and we look forward to showcasing and celebrating their achievements at the awards ceremony," she said.

This year's Ifta Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to Michael Gambon, best-known for playing Dumbledore in the Harry Potter franchise.

The full list of nominees:

Feature film

A Date for Mad Mary

Love & Friendship

The Siege of Jadotville

The Secret Scripture

Tomato Red

The Young Offenders


Director - Film

Peter Foott, The Young Offenders

Jim Sheridan, The Secret Scripture

Richie Smyth, The Siege of Jadotville

Darren Thornton, A Date for Mad Mary


Scriptwriter - Film

Kevin Brodbin, The Siege of Jadotville

Peter Foott, The Young Offenders

Darren Thornton & Colin Thornton, A Date for Mad Mary

Juanita Wilson, Tomato Red


Actor in a leading role - Film

Jamie Dornan, The Siege of Jadotville

Michael Fassbender, The Light Between Oceans

Colm Meaney, The Journey

Alex Murphy, The Young Offenders

Mark O’Halloran, History’s Future


Actress in a leading role - Film

Caoilfhionn Dunne, In View

Seana Kerslake, A Date For Mad Mary

Aisling Loftus, Property of the State

Ruth Negga, Loving

Catherine Walker, A Dark Song


Actor in a supporting role - Film

Colin Farrell, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Brendan Gleeson, Trespass Against Us

Ciaran Hinds, Bleed for This

Jason O’Mara, The Siege of Jadotville

Chris Walley, The Young Offenders


Actress in a supporting role - Film

Charleigh Bailey, A Date for Mad Mary

Susan Lynch, Bad Day for the Cut

Simone Kirby, Notes on Blindness

Hilary Rose, The Young Offenders

Fiona Shaw, Out of Innocence



An Klondike

The Fall 3

Game of Thrones


Striking Out



Director - Drama

Anthony Byrne, Ripper Street

Ciaran Donnelly, Vikings 4

Neasa Hardiman, Z: The Beginning of Everything

Dathaí Keane, An Klondike 2


Scriptwriter - Drama

Gerard Barrett, Smalltown

Barry Devlin, My Mother and Other Strangers

Marcus Fleming, An Klondike

James Phelan, Wrecking the Rising


Actor in a leading role - Drama

Dara Devaney, An Klondike 2

Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders

James Nesbit, The Secret

Aidan Turner, Poldark

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Trial of the Century


Actor in a supporting role - Drama

Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones

Ned Dennehy, An Klondike 2

Moe Dunford, Vikings 4

Andrew Scott, The Hollow Crown

Robert Sheehan - Fortitude


Actress in a leading role - Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Elaine Cassidy, No Offence

Anne Marie Duff, Murder: The Lost Weekend

Amy Huberman, Striking Out

Ruth Negga, Preacher


Actress in a supporting role - Drama

Ruth Bradley, Humans

Sinead Cusack, Call the Midwife

Dominique McElligott, House of Cards

Charlene McKenna, Ripper Street

Charlie Murphy, Happy Valley


George Morrisson Feature Documentary


Bobby Sands 66 Days

In Loco Parentis

It’s Not Yet Dark

Mattress Men


Animated short film

Define Intervention

Don’t Forget the Bread

The Lost Letter

Second to None

Short film - Live action


Baring Arms






Seamus McGarvey, Nocturnal Animals

Piers McGrail, Tomato Red

Robbie Ryan, American Honey

Cathal Watters, An Klondike 2

Costume Design

Joan Bergin, The Secret Scripture

Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins

Triona Lillis, An Klondike 2

Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh, Love & Friendship



Colin Campbell, The Young Offenders

Dermot Diskin, The Secret Scripture

Nick Emerson, I Am Not A Serial Killer

Una Ni Dhonghaile, The Crown


Make-up and Hair

Ailbhe Fitzpatrick & Bernie McBride, An Klondike 2

Eileen Buggy & Lynn Johnson, Love & Friendship

Dee Corcoran & Tom McInerney, Vikings

Patsy Giles, Wrecking the Rising


Original Score

David Holmes, The Fall

Steve Lynch, An Klondike 2

Patrick Cassidy, Smalltown

Brian Byrne, The Secret Scripture


Production Design

Mark Geraghty, Vikings S4

Mark Kelly, An Klondike 2

Anna Rackard, Love and Friendship

Derek Wallace, The Secret Scripture



Game of Thrones

The Siege of Jadotville

Tomato Red

Without Name


Visual Effects

Black Sails

Game of Thrones

Ripper Street

The Siege of Jadotville


International Film

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester By The Sea



International Actor

Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Denzel Washington, Fences


International Actress

Amy Adams, Arrival

Viola Davis, Fences

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

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