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Golden Globe nominations for ‘Room’, Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Emma Donoghue, Caitriona Balfe and ‘Game of Thrones’
10 Dec 2015 : Seán Brosnan
'Room' received three nominations including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actress for Brie Larson (above)
The Golden Globe nominations were announced today and there will be a big Irish presence when the awards ceremony takes place on January 10th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

There were three nominations for Irish film ‘Room’, as well as nods for Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, ‘Game of Thrones’ and Caitriona Balfe.

‘Room’ (directed by Lenny Abrahamson) continued its awards and festival season success by being nominated for Best Picture – Drama.

Saoirse Ronan (‘Brooklyn’) has been nominated for Best Actress Film for her performance as a young Irish immigrant in 1950’s New York who is torn between two men and two countries. The young actress has so far picked up a New Hollywood Award, a New York Critics Circle Best Actress Award and a BIFA Award as well as landing a SAG nomination. Also nominated in this category is ‘Room’ lead actress Brie Larson who has garnered unanimous praise for her performance as a woman escaping captivity after seven years with her young son.

Michael Fassbender has also received a nomination for his titular performance in Danny Boyle’s ‘Steve Jobs’ – a role that has landed him a SAG nomination with many US publications tipping the actor for his second Oscar nomination.

Irish born novelist turned screenwriter Emma Donoghue has also landed a nomination in the category of Best Screenplay – for adapting her own novel ‘Room’.

On the television side, ‘Game of Thrones’ - shot in Titanic Studios in Northern Ireland – was nominated for Best Drama Series while Irish actress Caitriona Balfe was nominated for her lead performance in historical time travel series ‘Outlander’.

Speaking about the success of Irish films at the Globes, Irish Film Board CEO James Hickey said: "Irish film is enjoying a real ‘coming of age' this year, with our writers, directors and actors all receiving unprecedented global acclaim - both with awards and from audiences. Today the industry is celebrating the Golden Globe nominations and coming next month are the Academy Award nominations, with Irish talent tipped to take centre stage. With support from the Irish Film Board, productions like Room and Brooklyn are considered to be amongst the world's best films in 2015."

Commenting on the success of 'Room' at the Golden Globes, director Lenny Abrahamson said: "I want to thank the HFPA for this incredible honor. For an independent film like Room to be nominated for Best Picture for the Golden Globes is an extraordinary vote of confidence and a tribute to the amazing work done by all the talented people involved in the production. I am particularly delighted for Brie Larson and Emma Donoghue. Their unique artistry is being recognized today.”

'Room' producer Ed Guiney added: “I am absolutely thrilled with both SAG and the Golden Globes nominations. Its such a testament to Brie, Jacob, Emma and of course Lenny. As well as the brilliant and well deserved recognition for the team these nominations also give the film incredible momentum at the box office."

The 2016 Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 10th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.





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