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Nominees announced for the 2015 IFTA Film and Drama Awards
29 Apr 2015 : Seán Brosnan
The IFTA Film and Drama Awards will take place on Sunday, May 24
The Irish Film and Television Academy have announced the shortlist of nominees in 27 strongly contested categories for the IFTA Film and Drama Awards, which takes place on Sunday 24th May at the Round Room at the Mansion House.

TV3 will be bringing Irish viewers and the home audience all the excitement from Ceremony and the Red Carpet in a one hour IFTA Awards Special with all the highlights and interviews with nominees and winners, stars of the screen, guest presenters, Lifetime and special guests. The Mansion House celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, and on this special night, the Lord Mayor will welcome 500 guests from across the world of Irish Film & Television coming together to honour and celebrate the great achievements of Ireland’s home industry and of Irish creative talent working at home and abroad.

Nominations are announced in categories across film and drama, celebrating the highest standard of Irish talent over the past twelve months. All IFTA’s categories have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Film & Television Academy alongside a select Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

In the film categories, ‘Frank’ and ‘Patrick’s Day’ both secured nine nominations apiece while ‘Glassland’ received six. There were three nominations each for ‘I Used to Live Here’, ‘Noble’ and ‘Song of the Sea’.

Of the television dramas, ‘Love/Hate’ and ‘Vikings’ received seven nominations each while ‘Charlie’, ‘The Fall’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ all garnered three.

Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty stated that: ‘This year’s Nominations showcase to the world what Ireland’s small but excellent film and television community has to offer. Their hard work over the last 12 months has delivered world-class standards with some of the most diverse and engaging Irish films and dramas along with great feature documentaries and shorts. We look forward to acknowledging and celebrating the great work of the home industry on the Ceremony night ahead.’

The feature films nominated for Best Film this year are ‘Frank’ which gives an insight into the weird and wonderful world of the enigmatic musician; the gritty urban family drama of ‘Glassland’; the raw, moving and honest ‘I Used to Live Here’; the feel good true-life story of ‘Noble’; the poignant and sensitive exploration of mental health in ‘Patrick’s Day’, and the beautiful Irish animated fantasy ‘Song of the Sea’; Three of the Best Films also get nominations for Best Director; Lenny Abrahamson for ‘Frank’; Gerard Barrett ‘Glassland’ and Terry McMahon for ‘Patrick’s Day’, with John Carney also in that category for the musical drama ‘Begin Again’.

Frank Berry and Will Collins are nominated for their scripts for ‘I Used to Live Here’ and ‘Song of the Sea’ alongside writer/directors Gerard Barrett and Terry McMahon.

In the Actor in a Leading Role Film category, Colin Farrell is nominated for ‘Miss Julie’ alongside Jack Reynor for his performance in ‘Glassland’; Michael Fassbender is shortlisted for his turn in ‘Frank’ and ‘Patrick’s Day’s leading-man performance by Moe Dunford has also been recognised.

Deirdre O’Kane is in good company in Actress in a Leading Role Film with her ‘Noble’ performance alongside Simone Kirby’s turn in ‘Jimmy’s Hall’; Both are joined by new acting talents Tara Breathnach who performs in the ‘A Nightingale Falling’ and Jordanne Jones for her debut in ‘I Used to Live Here’.

Nominee Actors in Supporting Roles in Film are Domhnall Gleeson for ‘Frank’, Allan Leech for ‘The Imitation Game’; Andrew Scott for ‘Pride’ and Jimmy Nesbit who is nominated for ‘Gold’.

Sinead Cusack is nominated for Supporting Actress in Film for ‘Queen and Country’ alongside Kerry Condon for ‘Gold’; Sarah Green for ‘Noble’ and Catherine Walker for her performance in ‘Patrick’s Day’.

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 Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) sponsored Best Drama category, Northern Irish based police investigations drama ‘The Fall’ is nominated alongside the epic fantasy ‘Game of Thrones’ and the historical action drama ‘Vikings’ which is shot in co Wicklow. Dublin based Dramas also feature strongly with the political drama ‘Charlie’ being nominated as well as the final season of gritty urban drama ‘Love/Hate’.

Nominations in Best Director Drama are David Caffrey for ‘Love/Hate’, Dearbhla Walsh for ‘Penny Dreadful’, Ciaran Donnelly for ‘Vikings’, and Colm McCarthy for ‘Peaky Blinders’. The nominees for Best Writer Drama are Colin Murphy for banking crisis drama ‘The Guarantee’; Colin Teevan for ‘Charlie’, Stuart Carolan for ‘Love/Hate’, and Tom Collins, Eoin McNamee & Paul Walker for Celtic noir show ‘An Bronntanas’.

The strongly contested Actor Lead role in Television category sees Jamie Dornan nominated for ‘The Fall’, Aidan Gillen shortlisted for ‘Charlie’, Cillian Murphy for ‘Peaky Blinders’, and Tom Vaughan Lawlor for ‘Love/Hate’.

Newcomer Caitriona Balfe has been shortlisted for her role as US show ‘Outlander’, Maria Doyle Kennedy’s performance in ‘Corp+Anam’ has ensured her nomination alongside Love/Hate’s Charlie Murphy and Michelle Beamish for ‘An Bronntanas’.

John Connors is shortlisted for his role in ‘Love/Hate’, in the supporting Actor Television category along with Liam Cunningham for ‘Game of Thrones’ as is Stephen Rea for his performance in ‘The Honourable Woman’ and Andrew Scott for ‘Sherlock’. Charlotte Bradley is nominated for ‘An Bronntanas’ alongside Aisling Franciosi for ‘The Fall’; Mary Murray for ‘Love/Hate’ and Charlie Murphy for ‘The Village’.

Next week the Academy will Officially announce the Ceremony Host and the Lifetime Achievement Recipient for 2015 along with partners and sponsors and the Irish Film Board Rising Star Nominees; Irish and international guests and friends of the Academy travelling to Dublin for the night of Celebrations, along with details of exciting new partnerships including Brown Thomas, who this year has become the inaugural official Style Partner of the IFTA Awards and will be giving exclusive consultations and gifting to all of the IFTA 2015 Nominees in the lead up to the gala Awards Ceremony. Brown Thomas Fashion Director Shelly Corkery commented: ‘We are delighted to partner with IFTA as official Style Partner celebrating a year of extraordinary talent on the Irish and International scene.’

The Full List of nominations:

Best Film

  • Frank
  • Glassland
  • I Used to live here
  • Noble
  • Patrick's Day
  • Song of the Sea

Director Film

  • Lenny Abrahamson - Frank
  • Gerard Barrett - Glassland
  • John Carney - Begin Again
  • Terry McMahon - Patrick's Day

Script Film

  • Gerard Barrett - Glassland
  • Frank Berry - I Used to Live Here
  • Will Collins - Song of the Sea
  • Terry McMahon -Patrick's Day

Actor in a Lead Role in Film

  • Moe Dunford - Patrick's Day
  • Colin Farrell - Miss Julie
  • Michael Fassbender - Frank
  • Jack Reynor – Glassland

Actress in a Lead Role in Film

  • Tara Breathnach - A Nightingale Falling
  • Jordanne Jones - I Used to Live Here
  • Simone Kirby - Jimmy's Hall
  • Deirdre O'Kane – Noble

Actor in a Supporting Role in Film

  • Domhnall Gleeson - Frank
  • Allen Leech - The Imitation Game
  • James Nesbitt - Gold
  • Andrew Scott – Pride

Actress in a Supporting Role in Film

  • Kerry Condon -Gold
  • Sinéad Cusack - Queen and Country
  • Sarah Greene - Noble
  • Catherine Walker - Patrick's Day

George Morrison Feature Documentary

  • Blood Fruit - Ferndale Films
  • In A House That Ceased To Be - Atlantic Film Alliance
  • One Million Dubliners - Underground Films
  • Road - DoubleBand Films
  • Unbreakable- Ross Whitaker

Animation Short

  • An Ode to Love - Matthew Darragh
  • Fresh Cut Grass- Boulder Media
  • Somewhere Down the Line - Julien Regnard
  • The Ledge End of Phil (from accounting) - Paul Morris

Short Film

  • Boogaloo and Graham - Michael Lennox / Ronan Blaney / Brian Falconer
  • I Am Here -David Holmes
  • Rockmount - David Tynan
  • Skunky Dog - James Fitzgerald

Drama In Association with BAI

  • Charlie
  • The Fall Season 2
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Love/Hate 5
  • Vikings

Director Drama

  • David Caffrey - Love/Hate 5
  • Ciaran Donnelly - Vikings
  • Colm McCarthy - Peaky Blinders Series 2
  • Dearbhla Walsh - Penny Dreadful

Script Drama

  • Stuart Carolan - Love/Hate 5
  • Tom Collins/Eoin McNamee/Paul Walker -An Bronntanas
  • Colin Murphy - The Guarantee
  • Colin Teevan – Charlie

Actor in a Lead Role in Drama

  • Jamie Dornan - The Fall Series 2
  • Aidan Gillen - Charlie
  • Cillian Murphy - Peaky Blinders Series 2
  • Tom Vaughan Lawlor - Love/Hate 5

Actress in a Lead Role Drama

  • Caitriona Balfe - Outlander
  • Michelle Beamish - An Bronntanas (The Gift)
  • Maria Doyle Kennedy - Corp + Anam
  • Charlie Murphy - Love/Hate

Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama

  • John Connors - Love/Hate
  • Liam Cunningham - Game of Thrones
  • Stephen Rea - The Honourable Woman
  • Andrew Scott - Sherlock: His Last Vow

Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama

  • Charlotte Bradley - An Bronntanas (The Gift)
  • Aisling Franciosi - The Fall Series 2
  • Charlie Murphy - The Village (Series 2)
  • Mary Murray -Love/Hate 5

Director Of Photography

  • PJ Dillon -Vikings
  • Michael Lavelle - Patrick's Day
  • James Mather - Frank
  • Piers McGrail –Glassland

    Costume Design

  • Joan Bergin - Vikings
  • Consolata Boyle - Miss Julie
  • Lorna Marie Mugan - Peaky Blinders
  • Eimear Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh -Jimmy's Hall


  • Uná Ní Dhonghaíle -The Missing
  • Nathan Nugent - Frank
  • Emer Reynolds - One Million Dubliners
  • Emer Reynolds - Patrick's Day

    Make-Up & Hair Sponsored By M.A.C

  • All is by My Side
  • Frank
  • Ripper Street
  • Vikings

    Original Score

  • Ray Harman - Patrick's Day
  • David Holmes – ‘71
  • Stephen McKeon - Queen and Country
  • Stephen Rennicks – Frank

    Production Design

  • Tom Conroy - Vikings
  • Mark Geraghty - Vikings
  • John Paul Kelly - The Theory of Everything
  • Donal Woods - Downton Abbey


    • The Canal
    • Frank
    • Game of Thrones
    • Patrick's Day

    International Film

    • ‘71
    • Boyhood
    • The Imitation Game
    • The Theory of Everything

    International Actor

    • Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
    • Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
    • Jake Gyllenhall – Nightcrawler
    • Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

    International Actress

    • Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
    • Toni Collette - Glassland
    • Jessica Chastain - Miss Julie
    • Julianne Moore - Still Alice

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