Iftas: Normal People arrives too late for ‘virtual’ awards
Jessie Buckley and Niamh Algar among nominees for Irish Film and TV Awards
Actor Jessie Buckley has been nominated for the recent film Wild Rose and the series The Woman in White and Chernobyl.
The Irish Film and Television Academy (Ifta) has announced its nominations for the Irish Academy Awards. There was no ceremony in 2019 and, as a result, the current nominations cover film and TV drama that emerged over the previous two calendar years.
The academy has confirmed its intention to stage a “virtual ceremony” in September that will observe coronavirus restrictions.
Films scoring heavily include Tom Sullivan’s Arracht, an Irish-language drama set during the Famine, which picked up 11 nominations; Paddy Breathnach’s Rosie, a take on the homeless crisis, which gets nine mentions; and Lee Cronin’s horror The Hole in the Ground, which figures in seven categories.
Niamh Algar and Jessie Buckley, two of the nation’s fastest rising stars, manage three nominations each across the two years. Algar is up for the 2019 film Calm with Horses and the TV series The Virtues and Pure. Buckley scores for the recent film Wild Rose and the series The Woman in White and Chernobyl.
Cillian O’Gairbhi and Ingrid Craigie get acting nominations for the same show. Dublin Murders, another popular crime series, and Vikings, the long-running beard-and-pillage epic, both receive four mentions. Four of the six nominations for best director in a TV drama were women.
It seems Normal People, the TV sensation of lockdown, arrived too late to qualify for this year’s awards.
In 2018, Ifta felt able to nominate only three performers in the best film actress section. This year, the academy reports a record number of females in all categories. The number of woman actors submitted in lead categories was greater than the number of male performers put forward.
Other performers competing over the two years include Aisling Franciosi for her searing role in the Australian revenge drama Nightingale; Bronagh Gallagher for her performance as an unexpectedly pregnant Derry woman in A Bump Along the Way; and Saoirse Ronan for her turn in Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated Little Women.
The best film competition is split into separate 2019 and 2020 categories. The earlier race is between Black ’47, Float Like a Butterfly, Rosie, The Dig and The Hole in the Ground. The more recent nominees are A Bump Along the Way, Arracht, Calm with Horses, Extra Ordinary and Ordinary Love.
“This year’s nominations showcase to the world what Ireland’s small but excellent film and television community has to offer,” Ifta’s chief executive Áine Moriarty noted. “Our industry is delivering world-class standards, and the Irish academy is proud to showcase and acknowledge their achievements. These past few months have been difficult for so many, and we look forward to a time when Irish productions can resume and continue to bring powerful engaging stories to the screen.”
The academy confirmed that, due to Covid restrictions, there will be no “physical Ifta awards ceremony” until April 2021. It will then be over three years since the last Ifta ceremony, which took place in the Mansion House on February 15th, 2018. Full details of the virtual ceremony will be announced shortly.
Ifta 2020 nominee list
Best Film 2019
Float Like a Butterfly
The Hole in the Ground
Best Film 2020
A Bump Along the Way
Calm with Horses
Best Director – Film
Paddy Breathnach – Rosie
Nora Twomey – The Breadwinner
Lance Daly – Black '47
Tom Sullivan – Arracht
Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman – Extra Ordinary
Lee Cronin – The Hole in the Ground
Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn – Ordinary Love
Best Script – Film
Actress in a Lead Role – Film
Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose
Aisling Franciosi – The Nightingale
Bronagh Gallagher – A Bump Along The Way
Sarah Greene – Rosie
Seána Kerslake – The Hole In The Ground
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Actor in a Lead Role – Film
Actress in a Supporting Role – Film
Actor in a Supporting Role – Film
The George Morrison Feature Documentary Award
The Image you Missed
The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid
When All is Ruin Once Again
Death and Nightingales
Best Director – Drama
Best Script – Drama
Actress in a Lead Role – Drama
Actor in a Lead Role – Drama
Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama
Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama
Liam Cunningham – Game of Thrones
Barry Keoghan – Chernobyl
Owen McDonnell – Killing Eve
Cillian O’Gairbhi – Blood
Mark O’Halloran – The Virtues
Tom Vaughan Lawlor – Dublin Murders
Short Film (Live Action)
Here’s Looking at you Kid!
The Grass Ceiling
The Vasectomy Doctor
Welcome To A Bright White Limbo
Short Film (Animation)
Outside the Box
Streets of Fury
The Bird & the Whale
The Dream Report
Best Costume Design
Best Original Music
Best Production Design
Tom Conroy – The Rhythm Section
Damien Creagh – Calm with Horses
Conor Dennison – The Hole in the Ground
John Leslie – Never Grow Old
Padraig O’Neil – Arracht
Anna Rackard – The Trial of Christine Keeler
Brendan Rehill & Alan Scully – Arracht
Fionáin Higgins & Robert Flanagan – Black ‘47
Ronan Hill, Danny Crowley & Simon Kerr – Game of Thrones
Aza Hand, Karen O’Mahony and Patrick Drummond – Never Grow Old
Hugh Fox & Niall Brady – Rosie
Steve Fanagan & Niall Brady – The Little Stranger