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Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan among 14 Irish nominees for Oscars

The Banshees of Inisherin has also been nominated for best original score, and for best original screenplay by Martin McDonagh.

The Fabelmans, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Banshees of Inisherin and An Cailiín Ciúin

Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson

Paul Mescal


Ireland featured heavily in today’s Oscar nominations with a highest-ever total of 14 and some of our top talent being recognised for their work.

There were nine nominations for The Banshees of Inisherin, including for best picture and Kerry Condon getting the nod for best supporting actress.

Meanwhile, Dublin actors Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan were nominated in the best supporting actor category for the hit movie.

Castleknock star Colin Farrell got the nod in the best actor category for The Banshees of Inisherin. He is up against his fellow Irishman Paul Mescal with the Normal People star nominated in the same category for Aftersun.

The Banshees of Inisherin has also been nominated for best original score, and for best original screenplay by Martin McDonagh.

Speaking about the nominations, director McDonagh said he was “so stunned and thrilled about the nine Oscar nominations for The Banshees of Inisherin! Especially happy that my good friends Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan were nominated in the acting categories, all as first time nominees, and that our wonderful score and editing, by Carter Burwell and Mikkel Nielsen, were recognised too. Massive thanks to the Academy. I think we’re going to have a fun night,” he added.

Best actor nominee Farrell said he was “just so grateful to the Academy for all the love it’s shared with the Banshees cast and crew. Also, beyond honored to be lumped together with my fellow nominees. A heartfelt congratulations to all the lads.

Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson

Gleeson described news of the nominations as “an amazing wake-up call”.

"I’m so proud and grateful to be part of The Banshees of Inisherin on a personal and professional level. I’m absolutely thrilled for the whole brilliant cast and everyone at home. What a day for the Irish film industry on a world stage! Feels like a huge family outing on the cards!”

It comes as Northern Ireland production An Irish Goodbye was nominated for best live action short film.

There was also great news for Ireland with critically acclaimed Irish language movie An Cailín Cúin receiving an Oscar nomination for International Feature Film.

Directed and written by Colm Bairéad, the adaptation from Claire Keegan’s 2010 book ‘Foster’ and was the first Irish-language movie to be nominated in this category and also take in over €1m at the box office.

Having received 10 nominations at last week’s Bafta’s and three awards at the Golden Globes, Irish movie fans are hoping The Banshees of Inisherin is set for huge success at the prestigious event.

The previous record set for an Irish film was the 1993 release ‘In the Name of the Father’, which received a total of seven nominations – but came away empty handed from the ceremony.

Paul Mescal

Paul Mescal was nominated for a Bafta last week.

The film sees him taking on the role of a separated father exploring his relationship with his 11-year-old daughter Sophie after they go on holidays together.

In the category of Live Action short, there’s been huge buzz around An Irish Goodbye.

Written and directed by Tom Berkeley & Ross White, it’s among 15 that have been short-listed for the award.

Set around a rural farm in Northern Ireland, the black comedy tells the story of the estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan after the sudden death of their mother.

The Oscars awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 12 March at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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