Irish Among BAFTA Nominees


This year’s Bafta nominations included  Consolota Boyle, who received a nomination for Best Costume for Florence Foster Jenkins; Seamus McGarvey,  for his cinematography on Nocturnal Animals; and short film The Party for Best British Short.  Actor Ruth Negga is among those nominated for the Rising Star award.

The winners will be announced at the  BAFTA Ceremony on Sunday, February 12th.


Full list of nominees here


Irish Feature Among BAFTA Nominations


Brooklyn received 6 BAFTA nominations, for Outstanding British Film, Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair for Irish Hair & Makeup team, Morna Ferguson and Lorraine Glynn. Saoirse Ronan is nominated for Leading Actress while Julie Walters is up for Supporting Actress. Brooklyn is an Irish/British/Canadian co-production.

Michael Fassbender is nominated for Leading Actor in Steve Jobs.

Brie Larson, who plays the lead in Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, joins Saoirse Ronan in the Leading Actress category and Room‘s writer, Emma Donoghue, is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Room is an Irish/British/Canadian co-production.

The Lobster features alongside Brooklyn nominated for Outstanding British Film. The Lobster is an Irish/British/GreekFrench|Dutch|American co-production.

Stephen Fingleton is nominated for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for his debut feature The Survivalist

The 2016 BAFTAs will take place on Sunday, 14th February at London’s Royal Opera House.


The full list of nominations for the 2016 BAFTAs :

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


‘Boogaloo and Graham’ wins BAFTA

The Northern Irish film Boogaloo and Graham, starring Charlene McKenna, took home the BAFTA for Best Short at last night’s ceremony in the Royal Opera House in London.

Michael Lennox’s film is set in 1970s Belfast and tells the story of two young boys who discover the facts of life with the aid of their pet chickens.


Boogaloo and Graham is also in the running for an Oscar later this month for Live Action Short film.





Fassbender and ‘Good Vibrations’ among BAFTA Nominations


Michael Fassbender is among the nominees for this year’s BAFTAs announced today, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 12 Years a Slave, which opens in Ireland on Friday. The film received 10 nominations in total, including for Best Film, Best Director (Steve McQueen) and Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

Good Vibrations scored its writers a nomination as Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson are up for Outstanding Debut.

Kieran Evans, who directed Kelly + Victor, co-produced by the Irish Film Board, is nominated for Outstanding Debut by a British WriterDirector or Producer.

Also of Irish interest is the inclusion of Philomena, partly filmed in Northern Ireland, which is among the nominations for Best Picture, with three further nominations in Outstanding British Film, Adapted Screenplay and Leading Actress for Judi Dench.

Gravity leads this year’s shortlist with a total of 11 nominations, including Best Film, Best Actress (Sandra Bullock) and Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón).

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House on 16th February.

Click here for the full list of nominations

Best Film

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips

Outstanding British Film
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Saving Mr Banks
The Selfish Giant

Best Actor
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)

Best Actress
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Adbi (Captain Phillips)
Daniel Brühl (Rush)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
David O Russell (American Hustle)
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave
Behind the Candelabra
Captain Phillips
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Inside Llewyn Davis

Film Not in the English Language
The Act of Killing
Blue is the Warmest Colour
The Great Beauty
Metro Manila

Best Documentary
The Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
Tim’s Vermeer
We Steal Secrets

Best Animated Film
Despicable Me 2
Monsters University

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Colin Carberry (Writer), Glenn Patterson (Writer) Good Vibrations
Kelly Marcel (Writer) Saving Mr Banks
Kieran Evans (Director/Writer) Kelly + Victor
Paul Wright (Director/Writer), Polly Stokes (Producer) For Those in Peril
Scott Graham (Director/Writer) Shell

Rising Star Award
Dane DeHaan
George MacKay
Lupita Nyong’o
Will Poulter
Lea Seydoux


Irish interest among BAFTA nominations

The shortlist for this year’s Bafta Film Awards have been announced in London.

Steven Spielberg’s presidential biopic Lincoln  leads the way with 10 nominations. Among them is Daniel Day-Lewis, who has been nominated for the Best Actor award for his central performance.

Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths has been nominated in the Outstanding British Film category.

Seamus McGarvey has been nominated for his cinematography work on Anna Karenina.

Belfast-based duo Kris Kelly (director) and Evelyn McGrath (writer) have also been nominated for their short animation Here to Fall’.

Eamonn O’Neill has also been nominated for Best short animation for his short I’m Fine Thanks.

Click here for the full list of nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards, which will take place on Sunday, 10th February at London’s Royal Opera House.


Michael Fassbender, John Michael McDonagh & Chris O’ Dowd among BAFTA Nominees


Irish actor Michael Fassbender and Irish director John Michael McDonagh were amomg the BAFTA Film Award nominees for 2012 announced today.

Fassbender was nominated for the ‘Leading Actor’ Award for his role in British director Steve McQueen’s latest film Shame.

McDonagh has been nominated in the ‘Original Screenplay’ category for his breakthrough feature film The Guard .

Irish actor Chris O’ Dowd is also up for a nomination as the BAFTA Orange Wednesday Rising Star.

The BAFTAs will take place on 12th February 2012 at London’s Royal Opera House.


Light In Motion Awards at the Foyle Film Festival

The Foyle Film Festival is now inviting submissions for the 2011 Light In Motion (LIM) Awards, with the award winners being announced at the 2011 Festival.

The Foyle Film Festival, now in its 24th year, is one of a handful of festivals with Oscar®-affiliation and BAFTA recognition. The festival offers filmmakers, animators and artists a unique platform to screen their films, network with industry professionals and gain access to the international market.

The Festival, funded and supported by Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City Council, delivers a programme of documentaries, short films and feature films from all over the world; a full programme of educational events for youth and adults and an impressive array of industry networking events and panel discussions.

Recipients of the LIM Award qualify for consideration in the Short Films Category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

The Four Competition Categories under LIM are:

Best Irish Short

Best International Short

Best Animation

Best Documentary

All entries for the 2011 Festival must be submitted through affiliated website: Entries shortlisted for each category will be screened during this year’s Festival which will take place from Friday 25th November to Saturday 3rd December 2011.

Previous winners and competitors who have proceeded to win the Oscar®, include: Martin McDonagh (Six Shooter), Adam Elliot (Harvie Krumpet), and Eric Armstrong (Chubbchubbs).

For competition submission and information on rules, regulations, cost, and how to apply to the LIM Film Awards please log onto the festival website, or go directly to

For programme information contact Foyle Film Festival office at The Nerve Centre on +4428 71260562 or log on to


'Mrs Brown’s Boys' nominated for a BAFTA

Mrs Brown’s Boys has been nominated for a BAFTA in the Situation Comedy category at this year’s awards. The comedy, which was a co-produced by RTÉ with the BBC, has proven to be a popular, both here and in the UK. Starring Brendan O’Carroll as Dublin matriarch Agnes Brown, it was first broadcast on RTÉ One at the beginning of the year. The comedy attracted an average audience of over 800,000 viewers, making it one of RTÉ Entertainment’s biggest successes of the year so far.

The show has also gone on to recieve large audiences on BBC One, with the last episode attracting 4.1 million viewers. RTÉ Television announced in March that the hugely popular sitcom would be re-commissioned for a second series.

Other nominees in the Situation Comedy category for the BAFTAs include Peep Show, Rev and The Trip. The BAFTAs ceremony will take place in London on 22nd May 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Mrs Brown’s Boys has also been nominated for the Best TV Comedy category in this year’s Monte Carlo Television Festival Awards. Along with Irish comedy/drama Trivia, Mrs Brown’s Boys will be competing in the comedy category against popular US shows such as 30 Rock, Glee and Modern Family. The winner will be announced in early June.