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Belfast stars Jamie Dornan and Caitríona Balfe receive Golden Globe nominations

Belfast is written and directed by Kenneth Branagh and chronicles the life of a working class Northern Irish protestant family through the eyes of a nine-year old boy. The boy’s mother and father are played by Balfe and her co-start Jamie Dornan.
Caitríona Balfe as Ma with Jamie Dornan in Belfast.

Caitríona Balfe as Ma with Jamie Dornan in Belfast.

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Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast has received seven nominations in the 79th Golden Globes Awards.

The semi-autobiographical movie - Branagh’s most personal to date - leads the way on the film side with nods for Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Director Motion Picture (Branagh) and Best Screenplay (Branagh).

Belfast is written and directed by Kenneth Branagh and chronicles the life of a working class Northern Irish Protestant family through the eyes of a nine-year old boy.

The boy’s mother and father are played by Caitríona Balfe and her co-star Jamie Dornan.

Catriona Balfe

Catriona Balfe

North Belfast actor Ciarán Hinds, who starred in the Oscar-winning Northern Irish short The Shore 10 years ago, is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture, alongside his co-star, Down native Jamie Dornan. Hinds and Dornan play father (Pop) and son (Pa) in the film.

Caitríona Balfe, who plays Ma, is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. And Van Morrison gets a nod for Best Original Song (Motion Picture) for his track Down to Joy.

But there are no nominations for young Jude Hill, who plays Buddy or Judy Dench, who plays Granny.

Meanwhile, Ruth Negga has also been nominated in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture category at the 2022 Golden Globe Awards.

Negga and Balfe will duke it out with Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog) and Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard) in the same category in the new year.

Ruth Negga receives the Spotlight Award at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival PIC Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD

Ruth Negga receives the Spotlight Award at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival PIC Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD

Ethiopian-Irish actress Negga is nominated for her role in Passing; a film which tells the story of mixed-raced friends in Prohibition-era America, one of whom identifies as African American, while the other ‘passes’ for a white woman.

Negga stars alongside Avengers actress Tessa Thompson in Rebecca Hall’s adaptation of Neila Larsen’s 1921 novel of the same name.

Negga plays the role of Clare Bellew who has chosen to conceal her ethnicity and “passes” as white and is married to a wealthy white man from Chicago.

Negga and Balfe will duke it out with Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog) and Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard) in the same category in the new year.

The full list of nominations for the 79th Golden Globes were announced today and the winners will be revealed in LA on Sunday January 9th.


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