- Film & TV
- 13 Jan 23
After several wins for The Banshees of Inisherin at the Golden Globes, Martin McDonagh is a nominee for Best Director by the Directors Guild of America (DGA).
With the 80th Golden Globes having taken place this week, film fans are looking forward to the next batch of glitzy award ceremonies. One of which is the Directors Guild of America, which nominated Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh for his most recent film, The Banshees of Inisherin, this week.
The In Bruges filmmaker was nominated alongside Steven Speilberg for his work The Fabelmans, and Danial Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for Everything Everywhere All at Once, Todd Field for Tár, and Joseph Kosinski for Top Gun: Maverick. Speilberg and Kwan and Scheinert were also winners at the recent Golden Globes.
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At the Golden Globes, McDonagh won Best Screenplay, the film itself winning Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Colin Farrell, who played main character Pádraic Súilleabháin, won Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
Set on a fictional island off the coast of Ireland in the 1920s, Banshees centres on Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson), two longtime pals whose relationship is about to come to an end. Out of the blue, Colm decides he no longer wants to speak or socialize with Pádraic, leaving the latter shellshocked over losing his “best friend.” While his sister (Kerry Condon), tries to temper his reaction, Pádraic refuses to adhere to the new status quo which causes Colm to take increasingly drastic measures.
McDonagh says he wrote the script with Farrell, Gleeson, Condon, and Barry Keoghan, who plays the troubled but good-hearted Dominic, in mind. And the project has actually been a long time coming. The London-based McDonagh says he sent a complete script to both Farrell and Gleeson “maybe seven years ago” but he personally thought it was “crap” at the time.
Farrell has acted in one of McDonagh's films before - both he and Brendan Gleeson, who played Colm Doherty, Pádraic Súilleabháin's lifelong friend, starred in McDonagh's In Bruges. At the Golden Globes' award ceremony, Farrell thanked McDonagh for connecting the pair 14 years prior before continuing on to pay an emotional tribute to his co-star.
In Bruges similarly won several awards at the Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. The Banshees of Inisherin has seen internet searches for the flick soar by 140% since its big win at the Globes earlier this week. The Achill Island-filmed movie is now streaming on Disney+.