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Saoirse up against Judi and Scarlett for award


 Antonia Campbell-Hughes

Antonia Campbell-Hughes

Antonia Campbell-Hughes

IRISH film talent is making its mark at the British Independent Film Awards.

Ireland-based Philomena is heading up the nominees list at the 16th annual event.

And Carlow starlet Saoirse Ronan will go head to head with Dame Judi Dench and screen siren Scarlett Johansson for a coveted gong.

Irish co-production Philomena chalked up a number of nominations including Best Film.



Steve Coogan is nominated in the Best Actor Category alongside Jim Broadbent, buff actor Tom Hardy for Locke and James McAvoy for his performance in Filth.

Coogan and Philomena co-writer Jeff Pope also received a Best Screenplay nomination. The film is up against Le Weekend, The Selfish Giant, Starred Up and Metro Mania in the Best Film Category.

Philomena tells the story of an Irish woman who tries to find the son she was forced to give up for adoption by the nuns.

Meanwhile, Ronan (19) has been nominated in the Best Actress category for How I Live Now. She is up against Johansson, nominated for Under The Skin, Lindsay Duncan, for Le Weekend, Felicity Jones, for her part in The Invisible Woman, and Dame Judi, for Philomena.

Irish actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes is on the judging panel.