Colin Farrell says he is “extremely honored” after earning his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor and has sent “heartfelt congratulations” to the guys.
The Irish actor received a coveted nod alongside veteran English star Bill Nighy and Normal People’s Paul Mescal – both also taking their first place.
The Irish talent led the way in its 95th Oscar nomination on Tuesday, garnering accolades in major categories including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
Martin McDonagh’s dark Irish comedy The Banshees of Inisherin was one of the most acclaimed films, with nine nominations, beaten only by Everything Everywhere All At Once with 11.
The German film All Quiet On The Western Front also received nine nominations, with Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis winning eight and Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans seven.
Farrell and his three principal collaborators, Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon, were nominated for their performances in The Banshees of Inisherin, with McDonagh winning Best Director.
In a statement to PA news agency, Farrell said, “(I am) very grateful to the Academy for all the love it shares with the Banshees cast and crew.
“Also, I’m honored to be lumped in with the other nominees. Huge congratulations to all the boys.”
The nomination follows Farrell’s successful series of awards, who was nominated for both Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild gong for his role in The Banshees of Inisherin.
Nighy nods after his turn in Life, in which he portrays a civil service veteran who is inspired to make the most of his remaining days after a dull life.
Mescal earned a nomination for his role in the coming-of-age drama Aftersun.
The actor, who rose to fame starring in Sally Rooney’s BBC adaptation of Normal People and also appeared in the Rolling Stones music video, said the news was “a truly special moment for everyone involved with Aftersun”.
He added: “Being recognized by the Academy is a crazy honor and I am very grateful.
“I want to dedicate this nomination to my two friends, Charlotte and Frankie, whom I love very much! These are bananas, thank you!”
Irish talent was well represented in the other major categories, with Gleeson nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in The Banshees Of Inisherin alongside Keoghan, while Condon was named Best Supporting Actress.
Gleeson said: “What an amazing wake-up call.
“I am very proud and grateful to be part of The Banshees Of Inisherin on a personal and professional level. I am absolutely thrilled with all the wonderful cast and everyone in the house.
“What a day for the Irish film industry on the world stage. Feels like a big family card trip. Thank you, Academy. Thank you Martina. Thank you all.”
Angela Bassett, the star of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, joined Condon as a nominee for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first Marvel film actor to be nominated for his work in one of the franchise’s films.
English actress Andrea Riseborough joined frontrunners Cate Blanchett and Michelle Yeoh in the Best Actress category, following a grassroots awards campaign.
Previously acclaimed, Blanchett and Yeoh earned nominations for Tar and Everything Everywhere All At Once, respectively.
Riseborough received a nod for her work in To Leslie.
Michelle Williams was also nominated for Best Actress, following a campaign to recognize her acclaimed role as Mitzi, the piano-playing mother in Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, rather than Best Supporting Actor.
Everything All At Once, Revenants of Inisherin and Silence on the Western Front received nominations in the coveted Best Picture category, along with Fabelmans.
They were joined in the top 10 by the blockbuster sequels Avatar: The Way Of Water; Top Gun: Maverick; as well as Elvis, Tar, Triangle Of Sadness and Women Talking.
Noticeable snubs came with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Babylon, and The Whale, which were not on the list.
Elsewhere, Charlie Mackesy’s gripping tale of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
Academy Award-winning English designer Jenny Beavan has been nominated again in the Best Costumes category for her work on Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.
The Oscars ceremony, which will be hosted by American talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, will take place on March 12 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.