Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, which starred Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, is among the three shortlisted nominees for Best Film Script at the second annual ZeBBies, the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild (IPSG) Awards. Roddy Doyle and Mark O’Halloran scoop two nominations each. Graham Linehan, best known for Father Ted, is shortlisted for Best Television Script for The IT Crowd.
The ZeBBies are named after O.Z. Whitehead (aka Zebby), actor and writer, who sponsored playwriting awards with the Society of Irish Playwrights (now the IPSG) for many years. The Awards will be hosted again this year by Senator David Norris.
The ZeBBies have been established to recognise the writer as the creative architect of every drama. The awards will be presented for the best script in the categories of film, television, radio and theatre. The shortlisted candidates are:
Nominees for Best Film Script:
Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
Mark O’Halloran for Garage
Mark O’Rowe for Boy A
BEST FILM SCRIPT AWARD TO BE PRESENTED BY: Ingrid Craigie (Whistleblower)
Nominees for Best Television Script:
Marcus Fleming for The Running Mate (Episode 1)
Graham Linehan for The IT Crowd (Series 2: Episode 1, ‘The Work Outing’)
Mark O’Halloran for Prosperity (Episode 3, ‘Georgie’s Story’)
BEST TELEVISION SCRIPT AWARD TO BE PRESENTED BY: Tom Hickey (Alarm)
Nominees for Best Theatre Script:
Bisi Adigun and Roddy Doyle for Playboy of the Western World
Sebastian Barry for Pride of Parnell Street
Christian O’Reilly for Is This About Sex?
BEST THEATRE SCRIPT AWARD TO BE PRESENTED BY: Hilda Fay (Fair City)
Nominees for Best Radio Script:
Lucy Caldwell for Girl From Mars
Roddy Doyle for Two Men Meet
Garret Keogh for Nancy
BEST RADIO SCRIPT AWARD TO BE PRESENTED BY: Frank Kelly (Father Ted).
Special Award to be presented to:
Bob Schneider, Vice-President of the Writers Guild of America East (WGAe).
In collaboration with the Irish Film Archive of the IFI, the film Ireland a Nation (1914) will be screened after the ceremony with accompaniment from 3epKano.
The winners will be announced at the ZeBBies Awards Ceremony on Tuesday the 25th of November, at the Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.
Information available on the website www.script.ie