IFTA Nominations Announced for the IFTA Film & Drama Awards 2017

Nominations for the Irish Film and TV Awards 2017 have today been announced.

The countdown begins for the Irish film industry’s biggest night of the year, acknowledging and rewarding the industry’s great work and achievements in this Golden Age of Irish Cinema, at the annual Awards Ceremony taking place at the Round Room of the Mansion House on Saturday 8th April 2017. The Academy will welcome 500 guests from across the world of Film & Drama, all coming together to celebrate the continued great work and success of Ireland’s home industry and to celebrate Michael Gambon’s Lifetime Achieve Award.

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy Members alongside a specialist Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty stated that: “These great Irish Nominees are a testament to the hard work and achievements by Irish creative talent within the film and television industry, delivering world-class standards of work and we look forward to showcasing and celebrating their achievements at the Awards Ceremony”.

(Full nominee list below).

Best Film Nominations:

The Best Film Nominees this year are A Date For Mad Mary, Darren Thornton’s touching tale of the troubled but endearing ‘mad’ Mary McArdle; Whit Stillman’s drama Love & Friendship, which perfectly blends period drama with comedy led by the vivacious Lady Susan Vernon; The Siege of Jadotville from Richie Smyth, with its stunning exploration of the long-ignored and brave Irish troops in the Congo; the delicate portrait of the one-hundred-year-old Roseanne McNulty as she reflects on her life in Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture; Juanita Wilson’s Tomato Red, with its look at the forceful voice of prejudice amidst the lives of small town drifters and Peter Foot’s feature debut The Young Offenders, the hysterical Cork comedy based on the cocaine seizure of 2007.

Three of the Best Films are feature debuts for their directors, including Darren Thornton for A Date for Mad Mary, Peter Foott for The Young Offenders (who are both also nominated for Best Script); Richie Smyth for The Siege of Jadotville. They are joined by veteran Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan, for The Secret Scripture.

Nominated for Best Scriptwriter in Film is Kevin Brodbin for the Siege of Jadotville, Juanita Wilson for Tomato Red, Darren Thornton and his brother Colin Thornton are nominated as co-writers of A Date for Mad Mary and Peter Foott as scriptwriter for The Young Offenders.

In the Actor in a Leading Role Film category, Jamie Dornan is nominated for his performance leading the small Irish UN troop in the Congo in The Siege of Jadotville; Michael Fassbender is shortlisted for his skilful turn in The Light Between Oceans; Colm Meaney for his sharp and engaging depiction of Martin McGuinness in The Journey (opposite Timothy Spall’s Dr Ian Paisley), Mark O’Halloran for his brilliant portrayal of one man struggles with his own mind and a wiped memory in History’s Future; and Alex Murphy for his breakout and endearing performance in The Young Offenders.

For Actress in A Leading role Film, Caoilfhionn Dunne is shortlisted for the dark drama’ In View’, and Seana Kerslake gets her first nomination for her turn in ‘A Date for Mad Mary’; and Aisling Loftus also gets her first nomination for her breakout performance in ‘Property of the State’; Ruth Negga receives her first of two nominations, for her performance in ‘Loving’. Catherine Walker for her performance in the occult drama ‘A Dark Song’;

Nominee Actors in Supporting Role in Film are Colin Farrell for Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, Brendan Gleeson for Trespass Against Us, Ciaran Hinds for his performance in Bleed for This, Jason O’Mara for The Siege of Jadotville, and newcomer Chris Walley for The Young Offenders.

Charleigh Bailey is nominated for Supporting Actress in Film for A Date for Mad Mary alongside Susan Lynch for her performance as the ruthless baddie in Bad Day for the Cut; Simone Kirby for her insightful performance in Notes on Blindness; Hilary Rose as the exasperated mam in The Young Offenders, and Fiona Shaw for Kerry Babies drama Out of Innocence.

Television Drama Nominations:

Television Drama being produced across Ireland north and south, continues to enthral both Irish and International audiences with compelling scripts, great direction and performances all round. In the Best Drama category, the second season of the Galway based Irish language drama An Klondike with its daring and gritty world of the late 1800s gold rush; ‘Smalltown’, the lonely rural drama delicately handling emigration, death and loss; The Fall continues the tense standoff between a cold and calculating serial killer and the female detective superintendent pursing him; fellow Northern Irish epic fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’, brings to life the epic battles and fight for the throne of Westeros; new legal drama ‘Striking Out’ set in the cutting and conflict-driven lives of a group of Dublin solicitors; historical action series ‘Vikings’, follows the legendary and epic battles of Ragnar Lothbrok.

Nominations in Best Director Drama are Anthony Byrne for Ripper Street, Neasa Hardiman for Z: The Beginning of Everything, Dathaí Keane for An Klondike, and Ciaran Donnelly for Vikings. The nominees for Best Writer Drama are Gerard Barrett for Smalltown, Marcus Fleming for An Klondike, Barry Devlin for wartime drama filmed in NI, My Mother and Other Strangers , and James Phelan for 1916 commemorative comedy drama Wrecking the Rising.

The nominations across all four Drama acting categories show just how well Irish actors are being received for their Irish and international work. The strongly contested Actor in a Leading Role in Drama category sees Dara Devaney (last year’s winner) nominated for An Klondike, Cillian Murphy for Peaky Blinders, Aidan Turner for season two of Poldark, James Nesbitt for The Secret and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor for Trial of the Century.

In the Actress in a Leading Role category, Caitriona Balfe has been shortlisted for her role as US show Outlander, Amy Huberman for Striking Out, Elaine Cassidy for No Offence, Anne-Marie Duff for Murder, and Ruth Negga receives her second IFTA nomination this year, for her performance in cult US show Preacher.

Liam Cunningham is shortlisted for his role in Game of Thrones, in the Actor in a Supporting Role Drama category along with Ned Dennehy for An Klondike, Moe Dunford for Vikings, Andrew Scott, for The Hollow Crown and Robert Sheehan for Fortitude. Ruth Bradley is nominated for Humans for the Actress in a Supporting Role Drama category, alongside Sinead Cusack for Call the Midwife; Dominique McElligott for Netflix show House of Cards, Charlene McKenna for Ripper Street, andCharlie Murphy for Happy Valley.

George Morrison Feature Documentary

The strongly contested Feature Documentary category sees Risteard O’Domhnaill’s Atlantic, offering an alarming yet picturesque look at the impact of fish and oil consumption; the poetic portrait of the determined Irish Republican who became a leading figure of the 1980s hunger strike, in Brendan J. Byrne’s Bobby Sands: 66 Days; the charming In Loco Parentis from Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane, taking a look at the colourful and caring world of Ireland’s last remaining boarding school for primary students; It’s Not Yet Dark from first-time feature director Frankie Fenton, an awe-inspiring look at fellow filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice’s stamina as he continues to direct with MND; Colm Quinn’s Mattress Men following eccentric persona ‘Mattress Mick’ who has reinvented himself in an attempt to save his business.

IFTA FILM & DRAMA AWARDS 2017 - NOMINEES

FEATURE FILM

A Date for Mad Mary

Love & Friendship

The Siege of Jadotville

The Secret Scripture

Tomato Red

The Young Offenders

DIRECTOR FILM

Peter Foott, The Young Offenders

Jim Sheridan, The Secret Scripture

Richie Smyth, The Siege of Jadotville

Darren Thornton, A Date for Mad Mary

SCRIPTWRITER FILM

Kevin Brodbin, The Siege of Jadotville

Peter Foott, The Young Offenders

Darren Thornton & Colin Thornton, A Date for Mad Mary

Juanita Wilson, Tomato Red

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE - FILM

Jamie Dornan, The Siege of Jadotville

Michael Fassbender, The Light Between Oceans

Colm Meaney, The Journey

Alex Murphy, The Young Offenders

Mark O’Halloran, History’s Future

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE - FILM

Caoilfhionn Dunne, In View

Seana Kerslake, A Date For Mad Mary

Aisling Loftus, Property of the State

Ruth Negga, Loving

Catherine Walker, A Dark Song

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - FILM

Colin Farrell, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Brendan Gleeson, Trespass Against Us

Ciaran Hinds, Bleed for This

Jason O’Mara, The Siege of Jadotville

Chris Walley, The Young Offenders

ACTRESS SUPPORTING ROLE - FILM

Charleigh Bailey, A Date for Mad Mary

Susan Lynch, Bad Day for the Cut

Simone Kirby, Notes on Blindness

Hilary Rose, The Young Offenders

Fiona Shaw, Out of Innocence

DRAMA

An Klondike

The Fall 3

Game of Thrones

Smalltown

Striking Out

Vikings

DIRECTOR - DRAMA

Anthony Byrne, Ripper Street

Ciaran Donnelly, Vikings 4

Neasa Hardiman, Z: The Beginning of Everything

Dathaí Keane, An Klondike 2

SCRIPTWRITER - DRAMA

Gerard Barrett, Smalltown

Barry Devlin, My Mother and Other Strangers

Marcus Fleming, An Klondike

James Phelan, Wrecking the Rising

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE - DRAMA

Dara Devaney, An Klondike 2

Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders

James Nesbit, The Secret

Aidan Turner, Poldark

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Trial of the Century

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - DRAMA

Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones

Ned Dennehy, An Klondike 2

Moe Dunford, Vikings 4

Andrew Scott, The Hollow Crown

Robert Sheehan - Fortitude

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE - DRAMA

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Elaine Cassidy, No Offence

Anne Marie Duff, Murder: The Lost Weekend

Amy Huberman, Striking Out

Ruth Negga, Preacher

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - DRAMA

Ruth Bradley, Humans

Sinead Cusack, Call the Midwife

Dominique McElligott, House of Cards

Charlene McKenna, Ripper Street

Charlie Murphy, Happy Valley

GEORGE MORRISON FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Atlantic

Bobby Sands 66 Days

In Loco Parentis

It’s Not Yet Dark

Mattress Men

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Define Intervention

Don’t Forget the Bread

The Lost Letter

Second to None

SHORT FILM – LIVE ACTION

Animal

Baring Arms

Gridlock

Heartbreak

Lily

Terminal

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Seamus McGarvey, Nocturnal Animals

Piers McGrail, Tomato Red

Robbie Ryan, American Honey

Cathal Watters, An Klondike 2

COSTUME DESIGN

Joan Bergin, The Secret Scripture

Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins

Triona Lillis, An Klondike 2

Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh, Love & Friendship

EDITING

Colin Campbell, The Young Offenders

Dermot Diskin, The Secret Scripture

Nick Emerson, I Am Not A Serial Killer

Una Ni Dhonghaile, The Crown

MAKEUP & HAIR

Ailbhe Fitzpatrick & Bernie McBride, An Klondike 2

Eileen Buggy & Lynn Johnson, Love & Friendship

Dee Corcoran & Tom McInerney, Vikings

Patsy Giles, Wrecking the Rising

ORIGINAL SCORE

David Holmes, The Fall

Steve Lynch, An Klondike 2

Patrick Cassidy, Smalltown

Brian Byrne, The Secret Scripture

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Mark Geraghty, Vikings S4

Mark Kelly, An Klondike 2

Anna Rackard, Love and Friendship

Derek Wallace, The Secret Scripture

SOUND

Game of Thrones

The Siege of Jadotville

Tomato Red

Without Name

VFX

Black Sails

Game of Thrones

Ripper Street

The Siege of Jadotville

INTERNATIONAL FILM

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester By The Sea

Moonlight

INTERNATIONAL ACTOR

Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Denzel Washington, Fences

INTERNATIONAL ACTRESS

Amy Adams, Arrival

Viola Davis, Fences

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

 

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