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Oscars 2023: Colin Farrell up against Paul Mescal for best actor as The Banshees of Inisherin gets nine nominations

An Cailín Ciúin / The Quiet Girl was nominated for best international feature film

Kerry Condon, Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan all get best supporting nods

Best picture, score and best original screenplay for The Banshees of Inisherin

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The Fabelmans, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Banshees of Inisherin and An Cailiín Ciúin

The Fabelmans, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Banshees of Inisherin and An Cailiín Ciúin

The Fabelmans, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Banshees of Inisherin and An Cailiín Ciúin

Colin Farrell has received an Oscar nomination for best actor for The Banshees of Inisherin, and will go up against fellow Irishman Paul Mescal for Aftersun .

Martin McDonagh was also nominated for best director for The Banshees of Inisherin, which got nine nods in total, including for best picture.

With a total of nine Oscar nominations, The Banshees of Inisherin has set a new record for an Irish release at the prestigious awards ceremony.

In 1993, In the Name of The Father got seven nominations at the 66th Oscars - but came away empty-handed.

Sci-fi indie hit Everything Everywhere All at Once led nominations for the 95th Academy Awards on Tuesday as Hollywood heaped honours on big-screen spectacles such as Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar:The Way of Water one year after a streaming service won best picture for the first time.

Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan’s Everything Everywhere All at Once landed 11 nominations, including nods for Michelle Yeoh and comeback kid Ke Huy Quan.

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Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin

Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin

Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin

There was plenty of good news for Irish film fans as The Banshees of Inisherin was nominated in several categories, along with several other Irish productions as the nominations were announced live this afternoon.

Kerry Condon has been nominated for best supporting actress for her role in The Banshees of Inisherin. The film has also been nominated for best original score, and for best original screenplay by Martin McDonagh. Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan were both nominated for best supporting actor.

The Banshees of Inisherin was also nominated for best film editing.

Irish language hit An Cailín Ciúin was nominated for best international feature film.

Northern Ireland production An Irish Goodbye has been nominated for best live action short film.

Paul Mescal has described his nomination as “bananas” and paid tribute to his co-stars, particularly Sophie Frankie Corio, who plays his daughter, and director Charlotte Wells.

“This is truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun. To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful. I want to dedicate this nomination to my two friends Charlotte and Frankie who I love dearly. This is bananas,” he said in a statement.

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Speaking from his family’s Kildare home, his delighted mother Dearbhla said she was “folding washing” at the time of the nominations and found out about the nomination on the family WhatsApp group.

“I didn’t watch them. I find it way too stressful so I was folding washing and Paul was obviously at work and Nell is in London and Donncha is in New York and he’s only just up,” she said.

“I just wait for the WhatsApp and that’s what we did…shocked faces and crying eyes and wow. It was amazing.”

For him to have been considered in the same category as Tom Cruise, who did not get the nod, was “totally bizarre”, she told RTÉ’s Ray D’arcy.

“Nobody knows (beforehand) so it’s nerve-wrecking. Five hours, from when you wake up, of waiting. It’s crazy. Sick emojis going through the family WhatsApp group, my tummy everything. Walking the canal this morning going, ‘this is a normal day’.

“He’s 26 and when you look at the people he’s with and we kind of jokingly say we are a country of storytellers and when you see what we have produced, it’s quite amazing. The films that are there are just incredible and Paul is just one of those lucky boys to be in that mix.”

Normal People star Mescal’s musician sister Nell was overcome with emotion at the news of her brother’s nomination.

Dubliner Barry Keoghan dedicated his nomination to his son.

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An Cailín Ciúin director Colm Bairéad wrote on Twitter: “We’ve only gone and done it!”

Second Captain’s podcaster Ciaran Murphy celebrated the fact that an Oscar could be coming home to north Galway, as his brother John worked as the editor on An Cailín Ciúin

"Nominated for an Oscar. Tony Murphy’s young lad,” he wrote on Twitter. 

Meanwhile, “proud” uncle David Clinch shared an image of his niece, Catherine Clinch, who starred in the film, being interviewed after the Oscar nomination was announced. 

"My brother sent this picture in the Clinch family WhatsApp chat of his daughter, my niece Catherine Clinch, being interviewed by Irish TV after the film she stars in, @quietgirlfilm, was nominated for an Oscar. So proud,” he wrote. 

The 10 movies up for best picture are: Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Banshees of Inisherin, The Fabelmans, Tár, Top Gun: Maverick, Avatar: The Way of Water, Elvis, All Quiet on the Western Front, Women Talking and Triangle of Sadness.

A year after a streaming service won Hollywood’s top honour for the first time, big-screen spectacles dominated nominations to the 95th Academy Awards on Tuesday.

Nominations were announced from the academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams.

If last year’s Oscars were dominated by streaming – Apple TV+’s CODA won best picture and Netflix landed a leading 27 nominations – movies that drew moviegoers to cinemas after two years of pandemic make up many of this year’s top contenders.

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Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan in The Banshees of Inisherin. Keoghan is nominated for best supporting actor. Photo: Jonathan Hession

Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan in The Banshees of Inisherin. Keoghan is nominated for best supporting actor. Photo: Jonathan Hession

Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan in The Banshees of Inisherin. Keoghan is nominated for best supporting actor. Photo: Jonathan Hession

Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans struggled to catch on with audiences, but the director's autobiographical coming-of-age tale has landed Spielberg his 20th Oscar nomination and eighth nod for best director. John Williams, his long-time composer, extended his record for the most Oscar nominations for a living person. Another nod for best score gives Williams his 53rd nomination, a number that trails only Walt Disney's 59.

Last year's broadcast drew 15.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen, up 56pc from the record-low audience of 10.5 million for the pandemic-marred 2021 telecast.

This year, ABC is bringing back Jimmy Kimmel to host the ceremony on March 12.

Nominees for best picture

All Quiet on the Western Front; Avatar: The Way of Water; The Banshees of Inisherin; Elvis; Everything Everywhere All at Once; The Fabelmans; TÁR; Top Gun: Maverick; Triangle of Sadness; Women Talking

Nominees for best actress

Ana de Armas, Blonde; Cate Blanchett, Tár; Andrea Riseborough, To Leslie; Michelle Williams, The Fabelmans; Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Nominees for best actor

 Brendan Fraser, The Whale; Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin; Austin Butler, Elvis; Bill Nighy, Living; Paul Mescal, Aftersun.

Nominees for best supporting actress

Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever; Hong Chau, The Whale; Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin; Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once; Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Nominees for best supporting actor

Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway; Judd Hirsch, The Fabelmans; Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees on Inisherin; Barry Keoghan, Banshees of Inisherin; Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Nominees for international film

All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany); Argentina, 1985 (Argentina); Close (Belgium); EO (Poland); The Quiet Girl (Ireland).

Nominees for original screenplay

Everything Everywhere All at Once; The Banshees of Inisherin; The Fabelmans; Tár; Triangle of Sadness.

Nominees for adapted screenplay

All Quiet on the Western Front; Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery; Living; Top Gun: Maverick; Women Talking

Nominees for best original score

Volker Bertelmann, All Quiet on the Western Front; Justin Hurwitz, Babylon; Carter Burwell, The Banshees of Inisherin; Son Lux, Everything Everywhere All at Once; John Williams, The Fabelmans.

Nominees for best animated film

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio; Marcel the Shell With Shoes On; Puss in Boots: The Last Wish; The Sea Beast; Turning Red.


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