Una Mullally

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IFTA nominations to watch out for, and the celluloid ceiling.

Award season – which runs 12 months of the year – is a triple threat this week with the parochial IFTAs, local BAFTAs and global Oscars drawing the attention of statue hoggers. I’ll get to the BAFTAs and Oscars in …

Thu, Jan 10, 2013, 14:46


Award season – which runs 12 months of the year – is a triple threat this week with the parochial IFTAs, local BAFTAs and global Oscars drawing the attention of statue hoggers. I’ll get to the BAFTAs and Oscars in another post, but here are some of the IFTA noms that grabbed my attention.

I’ll be astounded if ‘What Richard Did’ doesn’t win Best Film, Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson and ┬áBest Actor for Jack Reynor. Martin McDonagh is in with a shot for Best Script with ‘Seven Psychopaths’. Brid Brennan should win Best Supporting Actress for her great turn in the underrated ‘Shadow Dancer’. ‘Game Of Thrones’ deserves to win the Drama category in TV, and ‘Love/Hate’ could very well have a triple or more with Tom Vaughan Lawlor looking good for Best Actor, Charlie Murphy (pictured) for Best Actress, and Peter Coonan for Best Supporting Actor, although the latter faces very stiff competition from Chris O’Dowd for ‘Moone Boy’ in that category.

I know you could probably say this about every award ceremony that celebrates film and television, but the gender imbalance at the IFTAs, a representation of the gender imbalance in Irish TV and especially film in general, is worth pointing out.

- There are two female producers (listed secondary to their male counterparts) mentioned in the five nominations for Best Film; Astrid Kahmke (‘Death of a Superhero’) and Martina Niland (‘Grabbers’).

- No female directors are nominated in feature film, with four male nominees.

- No female scriptwriters are nominated in feature film script, with four male nominees.

- Two female producers make the cut in the feature documentary category (Eimhear O’Neill and Ruth O’Reilly for ‘Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God’), alongside four male nominations.

- One woman, Cathy Brady, is nominated in the short film category for ‘Morning’, with three men nominated in that category.

- Suzanne McAuley gets a nod for ‘Love/Hate’ in TV drama.

- All of the nominations for TV drama scripts are men.

- Costume, a very female profession in TV and film (along with casting – no one has ever been able to explain to me why casting directors are nearly always women) is an all-female category…

- … yet naturally, the DP category sees four blokes up for the award. No women.

- Another female-heavy category is of course, Makeup and Hair, where Dee Corcoran and Eileen Buggy share four nominations.

- Four men nominated for Production Design; Mark Geraghty, Tom Conroy, Stephen Daly and Ray Ball. No women.

- Four men nominated for Original Score. No women.

- Eleven men share nominations for Best Sound in film and TV drama. No women.

- The TV documentary section doesn’t single out individuals, but television is slightly kinder to women in terms of representation.

- Two women and two men are nominated in the Best Director TV category.

- DOP TV? Five guys.

- TV Editing? Mick Mahon, Zaini Darragh and Brenda Morrissey share four nominations (Mahon has two.)

- TV Sound? Ten men, including Killian Fitzgerald who is nominated twice. No women.


Whatever their gender, congratulations to all of the nominees. You can find the full list here.


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