Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender lead Irish charge for BAFTAs

There'll be plenty of homegrown talent flying the flag next month

Our home-grown heroes have had their work duly recognised at last night’s BAFTA nominations.

As if receiving a nod from the Golden Globes wasn’t enough, Saoirse Ronan must have that Friday feeling courtesy of the BAFTAs as she has been nominated for ‘Best Actress’ for her beautiful performance in Brooklyn. Ronan is up against some stiff competition from the likes of Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) and Brie Larson (Room) but we’ve every faith our golden girl can bring home the gong.

Despite her 21 young years this is the 3rd time she has been nominated in this category for her previous roles in Atonement and The Lovely Bones. Brooklyn is in the running to win six of the awards including ‘Adapted Screenplay’ and ‘Costume Design’.

Meanwhile, Micheal Fassbender will compete for the accolade of ‘Best Actor’ for his portrayal of the late Apple mastermind, Steve Jobs.

Colin Farrell’s quirky art house The Lobster sits alongside Brooklyn for ‘Outstanding British Film’, while Emma Donoghue is gaining recognition for her screenplay for Room as she’s nominated in the category of ‘Adapted Screenplay’. The film, directed by Dublin’s Lenny Abrahamson, continues to be a front runner this award season as it is also nominated for ‘Best Film’ in the upcoming Golden Globes.

We will find out the fate of our Irish favourites as the Bafta’s take place on Sunday, February 14th at London’s Royal Opera House.

Here’s the full list of nominations to speculate over until then:

Best Film

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


The Revenant


Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Matt Damon, The Martian

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Best Actress

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Brie Larson, Room

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor

Benicio Del Toro, Sicario

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Supporting Actress

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Julie Walters, Brooklyn

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Rooney Mara, Carol

Best Director

Adam McKay, The Big Short

Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies

Todd Haynes, Carol

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Alejandro G Iñárritu, The Revenant

Outstanding British Film

45 Years



The Danish Girl

Ex Machina

The Lobster

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Alex Garland, director, Ex Machina

Debbie Tucker Green, writer/director, Second Coming

Naji Abu Nowar, writer/director, Rupert Lloyd, producer, Theeb

Sean McAllister, director/producer, Elhum Shakerifar, producer, A Syrian Love Story

Stephen Fingleton, writer/director, The Survivalist



Cartel Land

He Named Me Malala

Listen to Me Marlon


Animated Film

Inside Out


Shaun the Sheep Movie

Film not in the English Language

The Assassin

Force Majeure



Wild Tales

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Ex Machina, Alex Garland

The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino

Inside Out, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve

Spotlight, Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Adam McKay, Charles Randolph

Brooklyn, Nick Hornby

Carol, Phyllis Nagy

Room, Emma Donoghue

Steve Jobs, Aaron Sorkin

Original Music

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies

Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carsten Nicolai, The Revenant

Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario

John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Janusz Kaminski, Bridge of Spies

Ed Lachman, Carol

John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant

Roger Deakins, Sicario


Hank Corwin, The Big Short

Michael Kahn, Bridge of Spies

Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road

Pietro Scalia, The Martian

Stephen Mirrione, The Revenant

Production Design

Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bridge of Spies

Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler, Carol

Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson, Mad Max: Fury Road

Arthur Max, Celia Bobak, The Martian

Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Costume Design

Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Brooklyn

Sandy Powell, Carol

Sandy Powell, Cinderella

Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl

Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road

Make-up and Hair

Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn, Brooklyn

Jerry DeCarlo, Patricia Regan, Carol

Jan Sewell, The Danish Girl

Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin. Mad Max: Fury Road

Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini, The Revenant


Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Bridge of Spies

Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White, Mad Max: Fury Road

Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor, The Martian

Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom, The Revenant

David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Special Visual Effects

Ant-Man Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke

Ex Machina Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst

Mad Max: Fury Road Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams

The Martian Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan

British Short Animation

Edmond, Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy

Manoman, Simon Cartwright, Kamilla Kristiane Hodol

Prologue, Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton

British Short Film

Elephant, Nick Helm, Alex Moody, Esther Smith

Mining Poems or Odes, Callum Rice, Jack Cocker

Operator, Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan

Over, Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister

Samuel-613, Billy Lumby, Cheyenne Conway


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