Father and son go head -to-head in IFTAs

Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson nominated in the best actor category

Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

Thu, Feb 27, 2014, 13:46

John Butler’s comedy The Stag and John Michael McDonagh’s state-of-the-nation piece Calvary have topped the charts in the nominations for the upcoming Irish Film and Television Awards.

Both films received six nominations. The shortlist for best Irish film was completed by Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, Steph Green’s Run & Jump and Stephen Brown’s The Sea.

Rather neatly, Calvary, which stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest coping with a death sentence, opened the recent Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, and The Stag, an ensemble comedy based around a stag party, closed that event.

The Stag is released in cinemas next week. McDonagh’s picture will hit cinemas in early April.

To nobody’s great surprise, the gangster series Love/Hate, among the most-discussed shows of the last few years, topped the television charts with eight nominations, including mentions for best drama, best director and best script.

“This year’s nominations showcase to the world what Ireland’s small but excellent film and television community has to offer,” Aine Moriarty, the Academy’s CEO, commented.

“Their hard work over the last 12 months has delivered world-class standards with some of the most diverse and engaging Irish films, dramas and documentaries along with great entertainment and factual programmes.”

There was happy news for John Banville, the celebrated Irish novelist, with two adaptations of his work registering in the nominations.

Mr Banville received a best script nod for his own adaptation of The Sea, his 2005 Booker Prize winner, and Ciarán Hinds is shortlisted as best actor for the same film.

Quirke, the TV series derived from Banville’s crime novels written under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, was nominated for best TV drama, best TV script and – acknowledging the performance of veteran Gabriel Byrne – best actor in a leading TV role.

An impressive array of stars was listed in this morning’s nominations. Joining Brendan Gleeson and Ciarán Hinds in the best film actor race were Domhnall Gleeson for About Time, and Andrew Scott – Moriarty in the BBC’s Sherlock – for The Stag.

The best film actress nominations are Antonia Campbell-Hughes for 3096 Days, Jane McGrath for Black Ice, Saoirse Ronan for Byzantium and Kelly Thornton for Life’s a Breeze.

The Academy also reaches out to the world by honouring a best international film. Four nominees for the best picture Oscar, awarded this Sunday night, made the IFTA shortlist: 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street.

The IFTAs will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel at Hilton Burlington Road on Saturday April 5th and will be broadcast on RTÉ 1 television. Over 311 titles were submitted in 40 categories.

The full list of IFTA nominees:


Byzantium (Alan Moloney, Stephen Woolley, Parallel Films, Number 9 Films)

Calvary (James Flynn, Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Octagon Films, Reprisal Films)

Run & Jump (Tamara Angie, David Collins, Martina Niland, Samson Films)

The Sea (David Collins, Samson Films)

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