Cork woman's studio earns Oscar nomination 

Cork woman's studio earns Oscar nomination 
Nora Twomey in Kilkenny.

It looks like Midleton animator Nora Twomey will be making another trip to the Academy Award ceremony in Los Angeles next month. The animated short film Late Afternoon, from her company Cartoon Saloon, was one of the Irish candidates nominated for an Oscar this afternoon.

The company has received previous nominations for Star of the Sea, The Secret of Kells and last year’s The Breadwinner.

The Favourite, which was co-produced in Ireland, earned nine nominations. These included a Best Cinematography nomination for Irish director of photography Robbie Ryan.

Another Irish film, Detainment, received a nod for Best Live-action Short and Irish US-based sound-mixer Peter Devlin was nominated for his work on Black Panther. 

Olivia Colman in a scene from the film "The Favourite."
Olivia Colman in a scene from the film "The Favourite."

Olivia Colman and Christian Bale are among the actors celebrating after receiving Oscar nominations.

Colman earned a nod for her starring role in regal black comedy The Favourite, while Bale was recognised for his portrayal of controversial former US vice president Dick Cheney in Vice.

Bale is up against Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Willem Dafoe for At Eternity's Gate, Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody and Viggo Mortensen in Green Book.

Colman finds herself in the best actress category alongside Glenn Close for The Wife, Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born, Yalitza Aparicio for Roma and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Despite critical praise, Saoirse Ronan was not nominated for her role in Mary, Queen Of Scots. 

Colman's The Favourite co-star Rachel Weisz also picked up a nod in the supporting actress category.

She is up against Amy Adams for Vice, Marina de Tavira for Roma, Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk and her The Favourite co-star Emma Stone.

Richard E Grant is nominated in the best supporting actor category for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

He is up against Sam Rockwell for Vice, Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman, Sam Elliott for A Star Is Born and Mahershala Ali for Green Book.

 Bradley Cooper, left, and Lady Gaga in a scene from "A Star is Born." 
 Bradley Cooper, left, and Lady Gaga in a scene from "A Star is Born." 

Best picture is between Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born and Vice.

Spike Lee earned his first directing nod from the Academy in the best director category for BlacKkKlansman.

He is up against Cold War's Pawel Pawlikowski, The Favourite's Yorgos Lanthimos, Roma's Alfonso Cuaron and Adam McKay for Vice.

Roma is also nominated for best foreign language film.

The best sound mixing category is between Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man, Roma and A Star Is Born.

The nominations were announced by Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani.

The 91st Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on February 24.

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