Lenny Abrahamson: nominated for Best Director for the 88th Academy Awards for Room. photograph: brian lawless/pa wire

A bid by the Institute of Advertising Practitioners of Ireland (IAPI) to boost Irish entries for the Cannes Lions Festival moved forward last week whe(...)

“Nearly 20 years ago, I went to the Project Arts Centre in Dublin to see a play called Ladies and Gentlemen by Emma Donoghue, who now has an Oscar nomination for adapting her superb novel, Room. The play wasn’t all that good.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Put the word Oscar into a word-association test and most of our political leaders won’t say “Wilde”, they’ll say “nomination”. Last week, when the Osc(...)

Saoirse Ronan is announced as a nominee for best actress at the 88th Academy Awards nominations ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, US. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

Olé, olé, olé! We rule! Eat our celluloid! Take that Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, Walt Disney and Stanley Kubrick! Your boys took a hell of a beating. (...)

The film business has its own eccentricities. Domhnall Gleeson and I are at the Soho Hotel in central London to discuss (among many other things) his (...)

Director Lenny Abrahamson, his wife Monika and James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board, at a party in the Light House cinema in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

For some months, there has been cautious talk of domestic success at the Academy Awards. Both Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, People’s Choice Award winner (...)

Daniel Day-Lewis and Alison Whelan in My Left Foot directed by Jim Sheridan (1989). The film received five Academy Award nominations and Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker went on to take the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards

In 1989, first-time film director Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot, a small television drama made for ITV, shocked the Hollywood establishment when it rec(...)

Saoirse Ronan at last Sunday night’s  Golden Globe Awards. The Irish star has recieved a best actress nomination for her performance in   Brooklyn, which also got  a Best Picture  nod alongside Lenny Abrahamson’s Room. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

In an extraordinary day for the Irish film industry, both Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and John Crowley’s Brooklyn have been nominated for best picture at(...)

The Irish Film Board has called on the Government to reverse funding cuts introduced during the financial crisis. At a presentation in Dublin attend(...)

Donald Clarke predicts that Saoirse Ronan will receive an Oscars nomination for her role in Brooklyn. Photograph: Getty

For the last three months we have been predicting an unprecedentedly strong Irish performance at awards season. Last Sunday, at the Golden Globes, (...)

Julianne Moore (right) presents Leonardo DiCaprio with the award for Best Actor - Motion Picture, Drama for “The Revenant”at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10th, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

As expected, Brie Larson, star of Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, took the Golden Globe for best drama actress in Los Angeles on Sunday night. An Irish-Canad(...)