A number of Cork actors feature prominently in this year’s Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) nominations across 25 categories in film and drama.
Cillian Murphy has been nominated in the Actor in a Leading Role in Drama category for his role in Peaky Blinders.
The actor who was raised in Ballintemple has gone on to be nominated 11 times for an IFTA award and won Best Actor in a Lead Role for his role in Breakfast on Pluto in 2007 and won the same category again for his role in Peaky Blinders in 2018.
Also nominated for this year’s awards is Corkonian Sarah Greene who has received two separate nominations.
The actress has been nominated in the the Actress in a Leading Role (Film) Category for her portrayal of the titular Rosie who’s determination and perseverance holds her family together and in the Actress in a Leading Role (Drama) category for Dublin Murders.
Cobh native Fiona Shaw has been nominated in the Actress in a Supporting Role Drama category for Killing Eve.
The actress won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama at the British Academy Television Awards for Killing Eve in 2019.
Nominations were shortlisted by Irish Academy Members alongside a specialist Jury panel of industry experts from around the world after the busy viewing, deliberating and shortlisting of the best of Irish film, performances and achievements in what has been an unprecedented period of success for Irish creative talent working both at home and abroad.
The Academy is finalising plans for a virtual 2020 Awards Ceremony scheduled for September.
The Academy has also confirmed that due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until April 2021, in keeping with best international practice across Awards ceremonies worldwide.
IFTA Chief Executive, Áine Moriarty, said that this year’s nominations “showcase to the world what Ireland’s small but excellent film and television community has to offer”.
“Our industry is delivering world-class standards and the Irish Academy is proud to showcase and acknowledge their achievements.” She said that after a difficult past few months for so many, that IFTA “look forward to a time when Irish productions can resume and continue to bring powerful engaging stories to the screen”.
The Best Film Nominees this year have been split into two categories - Film 2019 and Film 2020, while other categories have been expanded from four to six nominees to reflect the work from the last two years.
Across the film categories, Arracht has received a total of 11 nominations; Rosie has received nine; The Hole in The Ground has received seven; Black 47 has received six; Calm with Horses and Ordinary Love both received five nominations and Float like a Butterfly, Never Grow Old and The Dig received four.
In the Acting Categories Niamh Algar and Jessie Buckley have received three nominations each across Film and TV Drama, followed by Caitriona Balfe, Sarah Greene, Dara Devaney, Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Barry Keoghan who each received two nominations.
In TV Drama, Blood received five nominations, Dublin Murders and Vikings received four nominations each, The Virtues and Game of Thrones received three and Death and Nightingales and Killing Eve both received two nominations.