Iftas: My Name is Emily, Room and Sing Street sweep 2016 nominations

Liam Neeson to receive award in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution to cinema’

Lenny Abrahamson's Room, Simon Fitzmaurice's My Name is Emily, John Carney's Sing Street and Galway based Irish language drama An Klondike are set to sweep the board at the 2016 Irish Film and Television Awards (Iftas) following the announcement of nominees on Monday morning.

Oscar contenders Room and Brooklyn feature prominently in the nominations, tying with Sing Street and My Name is Emily, on eight nods.

The awards, which are now in their 13th year, will take place at the Round Room of the Mansion House on Saturday, April 9th.

Brooklyn, Viva and The Survivalist will join My Name is Emily, Room and Sing Street in the race to nab the title of best film at the awards ceremony next month.


Liam Neeson will also attend this year’s event to accept an award in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to cinema”, while actress and producer Roma Downey is set to receive the inaugural Irish Diaspora Award.

Following on from the Academy Award shortlist, Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender and nominated for Steve Jobs and Brooklyn respectively. Fassbender will compete with Colin Farrell (The Lobster), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), Barry Keoghan (Mammal) and Martin McCann (The Survivalist). Roana will face competition from Ruth Bradley (Pursuit), Eva Birthistle (Swansong), Evanna Lynch (My Name Is Emily) and Orla Brady (The Price of Desire).

Ruth Bradley is also nominated for her roll in TV series Rebellion which has received eight nominations overall.

Lenny Abrahamson, fresh from his win at last night's Canadian Screen Awards – where Room scooped nine gongs including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Actor for young Jacob Tremblay – has been nominated for Best Director against John Carney (Sing Street), John Crowley (Brooklyn), Paddy Breathnach (Viva) and Stephen Fingleton (The Survivalist).

Full List of 2016 Ifta nominees

Best Film
My Name is Emily
Sing Street
The Survivalist

Director Film
Lenny Abrahamson - Room
Paddy Breathnach - Viva
John Carney - Sing Street
John Crowley - Brooklyn
Stephen Fingleton - The Survivalist

Script Film
John Carney - Sing Street
Emma Donoghue - Room
Simon Fitzmaurice - My Name is Emily
Mark O'Halloran - Viva
Johnny O'Reilly - Moscow Never Sleeps

Actor in a Lead Role in Film
Colin Farrell - The Lobster
Domhnall Gleeson - Ex Machina
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
Barry Keoghan - Mammal
Martin McCann - The Survivalist

Actress in a Lead Role in Film
Eva Birthistle - Swansong
Ruth Bradley - Pursuit
Orla Brady - The Price of Desire
Evanna Lynch - My Name is Emily
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn

Actor in a Supporting Role in Film
Domhnall Gleeson - Brooklyn
Michael Smiley - My Name is Emily
Owen Roe - Pursuit
Jack Reynor - Sing Street
Sean T O Meallaigh - The Callback Queen

Actress in a Supporting Role in Film
Jane Brennan - Brooklyn
Gemma-Leah Devereux - Get Up and Go
Olwen Fouere - The Survivalist
Siobhan O'Kelly - An Klondike
Ger Ryan - The Callback Queen
George Morrison

George Morrison Feature Documentary
A Doctor's Sword
The Land of the Enlightened
Mom & Me
Older than Ireland
The Queen of Ireland

Short Film
Change in the Weather
Ernestine and Kit
The Great Wide Open
How Was Your Day?
Love is a Sting

Animation Short
A Coat Made Dark
Tea with the Dead

International Film
The Revenant
Mad Max Fury Road
Ex Machina

International Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Matt Damon - The Martian
Jacob Tremberly - Room
Bryan Cranston - Trumbo

International Actress
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Rachel Griffith - Mammal
Brie Larson - Room
Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years

An Klondike
Game Of Thrones
Penny Dreadful

Director Drama
Anthony Byrne - Ripper Street
Neasa Hardiman - Happy Valley
Dathai Keane - An Klondike
Brian Kirk - Penny Dreadful
Aisling Walsh - An Inspector Calls

Script Drama
Marcus Fleming - An Klondike
Lisa McGee - Indian Summers
Billy Roche - Clean Break
Colin Teevan - Rebellion

Actor in a Lead Role in Drama
Colin Farrell - True Detective
Aidan Turner - Poldark
Dara Devaney - An Klondike
Stephen Rea - Dickensian
Barry Ward - Rebellion

Actress in a Lead Role Drama
Caitriona Balfe - Outlander
Ruth Bradley - Rebellion
Sarah Greene - Rebellion
Elaine Cassidy - No Offence
Catherine Walker - Critical

Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama
Liam Cunningham - Game of Thrones
Ned Dennehy - Dickensian
Moe Dunford - Vikings
Stephen Rea - War and Peace
Robert O'Mahoney - An Klondike

Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama
Michelle Fairley - Rebellion
Sarah Greene - Penny Dreadful
Paula Malcomson - Ray Donovan
Ruth Negga - Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Victoria Smurfit - Once Upon a Time

Director Of Photography
Seamus Deasy - My Name is Emily
PJ Dillon -Vikings
Robbie Ryan - Slow West
Cathal Watters - Viva

Costume Design
Alison Byrne - Rebellion
Joan Bergin - Vikings
Tiziana Corvisieri - Sing Street
Triona Lillis - An Klondike

Mick Mahon - The Queen of Ireland
Nathan Nugent - Room
Stephen O'Connell - Viva
Emer Reynolds - My Name is Emily

Make-Up & Hair
An Klondike
Sing Street

Original Music
Gary Clark & John Carney - Sing Street
Stephen McKeon - My Name is Emily
Stephen Rennicks - Room
Stephen Rennicks - Viva

Production Design
Tom Conroy - Legend
Padraig O'Neill - An Klondike
Paki Smith - Viva
Derek Wallace - Rebellion

The Hallow
My Name is Emily
Sing Street

Brooklyn (Windmill Lane)
The Frankenstein Chronicles (Screen Scene)
Ghosthunters - On Icy Trails (Egg)
Ripper Street (Screen Scene)

- The 2016 IFTA Film & Drama Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday 9th April at the Round Room of Dublin’s Mansion House.

Sorcha Pollak

Sorcha Pollak

Sorcha Pollak is an Irish Times reporter and cohost of the In the News podcast

Tara Brady

Tara Brady

Tara Brady, a contributor to The Irish Times, is a writer and film critic