Tuesday 19 March 2019

'Love/Hate' leads charge for IFTAs with eight nominations

Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan
'Game of Thrones'
A scene from 'Love/Hate'
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

'LOVE/ Hate' once again led the charge in this year's IFTA nominations, with a total of eight television nods, including Best Drama, Best Director and Best Script.

It was a drop from 2013, where they clocked up 11 nominations, but producer Suzanne McCauley was still pleased describing the nominations as "a great way to kick off production of Series Five."

Both Charlie Murphy – who plays Siobhan in the gangland drama – and Mary Murray who took on the role of brothel madam Janet – have been nominated in the Best Actress category. "I'm chuffed with the nomination," Murray told the Irish Independent.

Murphy and Murray will be up against Deirdre O'Kane for her role as Mrs Moone in Chris O'Dowd's popular series 'Moone Boy' and Eva Birthistle for RTE's 'Amber'. In film, Saoirse Ronan received her ninth IFTA nomination for Best Actress for 'Byzantium'. Father and son Domhnall and Brendan Gleeson will go head to head for the Best Actor for their respective roles in 'About Time' and 'Calvary'. 'Sherlock' star Andrew Scott received a Best Actor nomination for 'The Stag' and Ciaran Hinds is up for his role in John Banville's 'The Sea'.

'The Stag,' 'Calvary', 'The Sea', 'Run and Jump' and Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' have all received nominations in the Best Film category.

Broadcaster, Ryan Tubridy was delighted 'The Late Late Show' received a nomination for Best Entertainment. "I respect the job a little more than I have before, and I have come to the realisation that I have the best job in show business. I feel the room is mine now more than before." Tubridy is up against 'Moone Boy', 'Irish Pictorial Weekly and 'Mrs Brown's Boys'.

Jamie Dornan, who has just wrapped filming 'Fifty Shades of Grey', has been nominated in the Best Lead Actor in TV award for his role in 'The Fall' against 'Love/Hate' actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Chris O'Dowd for 'Moone Boy' and Gabriel Byrne for 'Quirke'.

Peter Coonan aka 'Fran the Man' got the nod in the Best Supporting Actor in Television category for 'Love/Hate', alongside Allen Leech for 'Downton Abbey' and Liam Cunningham and Aidan Gillen for their roles in 'Game of Thrones' (pictured). 'Dracula' star Victoria Smurfit will go up against 'Game of Thrones' actress Michelle Fairley for the Best Supporting Actress statuette, Elaine Cassidy for 'The Paradise' and Caoilfhionn Dunne as Lizzie of 'Love/Hate'.

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