Monday 16 July 2018

Saoirse Ronan among the IFTA Film and Drama award nominees

Saoirse Ronan (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Saoirse Ronan (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Sean O'Grady

Saoirse Ronan's nomination streak continues as she has just received a nod for Best Actress at this year's IFTA Film and Drama Awards.

The Irish Film and Television Academy will hold their 15th annual award show on February 15 to celebrate the best in Irish and international film. 

Across the film categories, Maudie leads the way with six nominations while Cardboard Gangsters, Handsome Devil, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Farthest have each received five nominations.

The Drummer and the Keeper, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Maze and MIchael Inside all received four nominations while Lady Bird is nominated in two categories.

The Carlow native (23) is nominated for her work in Lady Bird and is up against Ann Skelly for Kissing Candice and Sarah Bolger for Halal Daddy.

Love/Hate star John Connors is leading the way for the nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Cardboard Gangsters.

Also nominated are Colin Farrell for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dafhyd Flynn for Michael Inside, Fionn O'Shea for Handsome Devil and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in Maze.

Hailed as one of Hollywood's fastest rising stars, Dublin actor Barry Keoghan is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

Andrew Scott is nominated for Handsome Devil, Barry Ward for Maze, Jacob McCarthy for The Drummer and The Keeper and Fionn Walton Cardboard Gangsters. 

Meanwhile, last year's IFTA host Deirdre O'Kane is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Halal Daddy.

Joining her are Victoria Smurfit for The Lears, Fionna Hewitt Twamley for Cardboard Gangsters, Sarah Carroll for The Limit Of and Niamh Algar for The Drummer and The Keeper.

Cardboard Gangsters, Handsome Devil, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Maudie, Michael Inside and Song of Granite are all nominated for Best Feature Film. 

Meanwhile, Vikings has dominated the Drama categories with six nominations while Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders each received five nominations. 

Paula received four nominations and Acceptable Risk and Into The Badlands both received three nominations.

Line of Duty and Strike Out were honoured with two nominations each.

Caitriona Balfe, who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe, is up for Best Actress for Outlander against Elaine Cassidy for Acceptable Risk, Denise Gough for Paula, Amy Huberman for Striking Out and Ruth Negga for Preacher.

Richard Dormer is nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Relik, Adrian Dunbar is nominated for Line of Duty, Brendan Gleeson for Mr Mercedes, Cillian Murphy for Peaky Blinders and Chris O'Dowd for Get Shorty.

In the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama category, both Aidan Gillen and Liam Cunningham have been nominated for Game Of Thrones alongside Moe Dunford for Vikings, Owen McDonnell for Paula and Jason O'Mara for Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Charlie Murphy leads the way in the Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama category for her work on the most recent series of Peaky Blinders.

She is nominated alongside Angeline Ball for Acceptable Risk, Eva Birthistle for The Last Kingdrom, Jessie Buckley for Taboo and Genevieve O'Reilly for Tin Star.

Acceptable Risk, Game of Thrones, Line of Duty, Paula, Striking Out and Vikings have all been nominated for Best Drama. 

The IFTAs will be broadcast on RTE One this year.

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