Wednesday 25 April 2018

‘Love/Hate’ dominates IFTA shortlist with Nidge and Darren to battle it out

Robert Sheehan and Tom Vaughan Lawlor
Robert Sheehan and Tom Vaughan Lawlor
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

ACCLAIMED gangster drama ‘Love/Hate’ dominates the shortlist for this year’s IFTA awards with 11 nominations

The nominations include a pair for leading actors Robert Sheehan and Tom Vaughan Lawlor.

Sheehan (Darren) was double-crossed by Lawlor (Nidge) in the final episode of the latest series of the popular drama and now they will battle it out again for the title of best actor.

Charlie Murphy, who played rape victim Siobhan in the hit drama, is favourite to win the best TV actress title.

The big winner from today’s nominations in the film categories is Lenny Abrahamson’s controversial ‘What Richard Did’.

The low budget movie received 10 nominations while Colin Farrell and Martin MacDonagh’s black comedy ‘Seven Psychopaths’ features in three categories.

However the big loser was ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’.

Despite pulling in millions of viewers, having a movie in the pipeline and an Australian Tour lined up, it received just one nomination, proving that when it comes to the IFTA’s, viewers’ opinions don’t always count.

Downton Abbey’s Irish favourite Allen Leech has been nominated as best supporting actor but faces stiff competition from Peter Coonan in ‘Love/Hate’, Chris O’Dowd in ‘Moone Boy’ and Andrew Scott in ‘Sherlock’.

Best Film has an eclectic mix, from the realistic and tragic to the absurd.

Subjects range from alien invasion to the Troubles. ‘Grabbers’, ‘Shadow Dancer’, ‘Death of a Superhero’ and ‘Good Vibrations’ are all up for the award but critics tip ‘What Richard Did’ to win.

Colin Farrell has been nominated for best actor in a film for his role in ‘Seven Psychopaths’, while ‘Clash of the Titans’ star Martin McCann is also up for the prestigious award for his role in Jump.

However Jack Reynor, who has just landed a role in ‘Transformers 4’, is tipped to take home the award for his leading role in ‘What Richard Did’.

Ruth Bradley is up for up for best actress in a film for ‘Grabbers’. Young actress Seana Kerslake is nominated for her performance in Kirsten Sheridan’s ‘Dollhouse’.

What Richard Did’s Roisin Murphy is also in the running while Shameless Actress Anne Marie Duff captivated judges with her role in ‘Sanctuary’.

Comedian Chris O’Dowd and writing partner Nick Vincent Murphy were given commendations for ‘Moone Boy’, roughly based on Chris’s own upbringing in Roscommon.

Madcap duo Jedward are up for an award in the children's/ youth section for OMG! Jedward along with Octonauts, Roy and Tholg go Tolg.

“It’s been a brilliant year for Irish film and TV,” said IFTA spokeswoman Aine Moriarty.

“The awards reflect how resilient the community is. We’re a nation of storytellers and we should never forget that, no matter how down in the dumps we are.”

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