Irish talent well represented in 95 Oscar nominations

The Irish talent put on a fantastic display at the 95th Academy Awards, garnering acclaim 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 a total of nine nominations – second only to sci-fi thriller Everything Everywhere All At Once.

The film’s four main stars, Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon, were nominated, with McDonagh winning Best Director.

The nominations for the 95th annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday by Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams in person for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Farrell received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor, alongside veteran English actor Bill Nighy and Normal People star Paul Mescal, both also earning their first nomination.

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.

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.

Angela Bassett, the star of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, joined Condon as a nominee for Best Supporting Actress – becoming the first actor from a Marvel movie to be nominated for 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 Everywhere All At Once again led the nominations with 11 in total, closely followed by The Banshees Of Inisherin and All Quiet On The Western Front with nine each.

All three received nominations in the coveted Best Picture category, along with Steven Spielberg’s 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 star-studded Oscars ceremony, hosted by American talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, will take place on March 12 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

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