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Oscars 2023: An Cailín Ciúin makes history, Mescal gets nod, Banshees earns nine nominations
24 Jan 2023 : Nathan Griffin
Catherine Clinch in An Cailín Ciúin.
Martin McDonagh’s Irish drama has emerged among the frontrunners for this year’s Academy Awards, securing a total of 9 nominations including Best Motion Picture and four first-time nominations for each of the Irish leading ensemble cast.

Colm Bairéad’s An Cailín Ciúin has made history by becoming the first ever Irish language feature film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Having been shortlisted for the hugely competitive Best International Feature Film award in late December, becoming one of 15 films out of 92 submissions, The Quiet Girl has now been named among the final five films competiting for this year’s award.

Speaking on the film’s Oscar nomination, Writer/Director, Colm Bairéad and Producer, Cleona Ní Chrualaoi from Inscéal, the production company behind the film, said: “We are honoured beyond words that An Cailín Ciúin / The Quiet Girl has been nominated for the 95th Academy Awards. This is a truly historic and meaningful moment for Irish film, the Irish people and the Irish language. Never before has an Irish film been nominated in this category. Never before has Irish-language art been given such a platform. This film has been an extraordinary labour of love and it has been a joy to see audiences the world over take it into their hearts. Our sincere thanks to the members of the Academy for embracing An Cailín Ciúin / The Quiet Girl and giving her a voice. Our huge thanks also to the funders of this film; TG4, Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, to the Irish Film and Television Academy, Bankside Films and to all of our wonderful distributors around the world”.

The film has been on an extraordinary journey since its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February, racking up a host of awards including the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Film, seven Irish Film and Television Academy Awards including Best Film, and a multitude of Jury and Audience Awards from film festivals across the globe.

Irish actors Colin Farrell, Kerry Condon, Brendan Gleeson, and Barry Keoghan have received their first ever Academy Award nomination for their performances in The Banshees of Inisherin.

McDonagh, who is nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, told IFTN that he wrote each of the four leading characters with the specific actors in mind, something he has only done once before for Sam Rockwell and Francis McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

In 2018, both McDormand and Rockwell were also nominated for their performances and ultimately went on to receive respective Academy Award, a feat that Farrell, Condon, Gleeson, or Keoghan will hope to now replicate on March 12th.

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, The Banshees of Inisherin follows lifelong friends Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Padraic, aided by his sister Siobhan (Kerry Condon) and troubled young islander Dominic (Barry Keoghan), endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Padraic's repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend’s resolve and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with shocking consequences.

The film recently received 10 nominations at the 2023 BAFTA Film Awards last week, as well as winning three Golden Globe awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and nine Critics’ Choice Awards earlier this month.

An outsider for his first Academy Awards nomination, Paul Mescal has also been recognised for his fantastic performance in Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun. Mescal is joined alongside Colin Farrell, Austin Butler, Brendan Fraser, and Bill Nighy.

Having made the shortlist of 15 from over 200 qualified short films, Northern Irish short An Irish Goodbye secured a nomination in the final five. Tom Berkeley and Ross White’s film will also now compete at the upcoming BAFTA Film Awards next month where it has been nominated for Best British Short Film.

In the craft categories, Irish editor Jonathan Redmond has been nominated for Best Achievement in Film Editing alongside Matt Villa for their work on Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, while Richard Banehan has been nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for Avatar: The Way of Water, which he shares with Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, and Daniel Barrett.

Jessie Buckley (Women Talking) was unfortunate to miss out on nominations in the Best Supporting Actress.

The nominations for 95th Academy Awards were announced by Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams. The winners will be announced at a live ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday, March 12th, which will be televised live on ABC in the US and available on RTÉ in Ireland.

Click here for the full nomination announcement.

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