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Irish Film and Television Academy Lines Up Stellar Guest List for Awards

LONDON — The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced that guests at its awards ceremony on April 5 will include Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston and Colm Meaney.

Nominees include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Dornan, Eva Birthistle, Colin Farrell, Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman, Liam Cunningham, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Victoria Smurfit, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Domhnall Gleeson and Deirdre O’Kane.

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is to receive an honorary award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Irish film and television industry.

As the Minister for Arts and more recently as President, Higgins has transformed the industry through a range of initiatives from tax incentives to training, and the re-establishment of the Irish Film Board, which led to an injection of investment and the creation of thousands of jobs.

Aine Moriarty, academy chief executive, stated: “The academy is proud to pay tribute to President Higgins, who has shown the Irish industry unwavering support over many years as a creative artist in his own right, as the Minister for Arts, a dynamic leader, and as President of Ireland.”

Recent major international productions to bring large scale investment to Ireland include “Vikings,” “Ripper Street” and “Penny Dreadful.”

Byzantium (Alan Moloney, Stephen Woolley, Parallel Films, Number 9 Films)
Calvary (James Flynn, Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Octagon Films, Reprisal Films)
Run & Jump (Tamara Angie, David Collins, Martina Niland, Samson Films)
The Sea (David Collins, Samson Films)
The Stag (Robert Walpole, Rebecca O’Flanagan, Treasure Entertainment)

Director Film
John Butler, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)
Neil Jordan, Byzantium (Parallel Films and Number 9 Films)
John Michael McDonagh, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)
Ruairi Robinson, The Last Days on Mars (Qwerty Films and Fantastic Films)

Script Film
John Banville, The Sea (Samson Films)
Ailbhe Keogan, Run & Jump (Samson Films)
John Michael McDonagh, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)
John Butler and Peter McDonald, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)

Actor in a Lead Role Film
Brendan Gleeson, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)
Domhnall Gleeson, About Time (Universal Pictures)
Ciaran Hinds, The Sea (Samson Films)
Andrew Scott, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)

Actress in a Leading Role Film
Antonia Campbell-Hughes, 3096 Days (Constantin Film)
Jane McGrath, Black Ice (Bandit Films)
Saoirse Ronan, Byzantium (Parallel Films & Number 9 Films)
Kelly Thornton, Life’s A Breeze (Fastnet Films)

Actor in a Supporting Role Film
Colin Farrell, Saving Mr.Banks (Walt Disney Studios)
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave (Entertainment One)
Edward MacLiam, Run & Jump (Samson Films)
Peter McDonald, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)

Actress in a Supporting Role Film
Sinead Cusack, The Sea (Samson Films)
Fionnula Flanagan, Life’s a Breeze (Fastnet Films)
Amy Huberman, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)
Orla O’Rourke, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)

International Film
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

International Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Michael Douglas Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club

International Actress
Amy Adams American Hustle
Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock Gravity
Judi Dench Philomena

TV Drama
The Fall (Stephen Wright, Allan Cubitt, BBC Northern Ireland, Artists Studio)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Love/Hate (Suzanne McAuley, Steve Matthews, Octagon Films)
Quirke (Ed Guiney, John McColgan, Joan Egan, Element Pictures, Tyrone Productions, BBC Drama)
Vikings (Michael Hirst, Morgan O’Sullivan, James Flynn, History Channel)

Director TV Drama
David Caffrey, Love Hate (Octagon Films)
Ciaran Donnelly, Vikings (History Channel)
Ian Fitzgibbon, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions & Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)
Thaddeus O’Sullivan, Amber (Screenworks)

Script Drama
Stuart Carolan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)
Neil Jordan, The Borgias (Octagon Films)
Nick Vincent Murphy & Chris O’Dowd, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)
Conor McPherson, Quirke (Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions)

Actor in a Leading Role Television
Gabriel Byrne, Quirke (Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions)
Jamie Dornan, The Fall (BBC Northern Ireland and Artists Studio)
Chris O’Dowd, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions & Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)
Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Actress in a Leading Role Television
Eva Birthistle, Amber (Screenworks)
Charlie Murphy, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)
Mary Murray, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)
Deirdre O’Kane, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions & Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Actor in a Supporting Role Television
Peter Coonan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)
Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Allen Leech, Downton Abbey (Carnival Films)

Actress in a Supporting Role Television
Elaine Cassidy, The Paradise (Masterpiece and BBC Productions)
Caoilfhionn Dunne, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)
Michelle Fairley, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Victoria Smurfit, Dracula (NBC/SKY)

Joan Bergin, Vikings
Consolata Boyle, Philomena
Lorna Marie Mugan, Ripper Street
Leonie Prendergast, Moone Boy

Director of Photography Film/Drama
PJ Dillon, Ripper Street
Kate McCullough, Here Was Cuba
Ruairi O’Brien, The Fall
Robbe Ryan, Philomena

Editing Film/Drama
Nick Emerson, Starred Up
Una Ni Dhonghaile, Ripper Street
Nathan Nugent, Run & Jump
Emer Reynolds, Here Was Cuba

Makeup & Hair
The Fall
Ripper Street

Production Design
Tom Conroy Vikings
Mark Geraghty, Ripper Street
Ton McCullough, The Fall
Donal Woods, Downton Abbey

Original Score
Liam Bates, Earthbound
Patrick Cassidy, Calvary
David Holmes, The Fall
Nick Seymour, The Summit

Sound Film/Drama
Game of Thrones
Here Was Cuba
Last Days on Mars
Ripper Street

An Ceoldrama
Doc McStuffins

Current Affairs
Breach of Trust (RTE)
Inside Irish Nationwide (Animo for RTE)
Spotlight Housing Whatever It Takes (BBC NI)
Vincent Browne Tonight (TV3)

Danny Boy: The Ballad that Bewitched the World
Donal Walsh – My Story
The Disappeared
The Scholarship – Class of 2018

Documentary Series
1916 Seachtar Dearmadta
Bliain in Arainn Mhor
The Estate
John Lonergan’s Circus

Irish Pictorial Weekly
The Late Late Show
Moone Boy
Mrs Browns Boys

John Sheahan: A Dubliner
Seamus Heaney – Postscript – Imeall
The Zoo

Dushlan 1881 – Living the Eviction
The Great Irish Bake Off
Jockey Eile
Operation Transformation

Paidi O Se – Ri an Pharóiste
R.O.G. The Ronan O’Gara Story
We Got Game

Irish Language
1916 Seachtar Dearmadta
An Ceoldrama
Paidi O Se – Ri an Pharoiste

Director TV
Anna Rodgers, Somebody to Love
Colm Bairead, An Ceoldrama
Tom Johnston, Aine Lawlor: Facing Cancer
Maurice Sweeney, John Sheahan: A Dubliner

Director of Photography TV
Barry Donnellan, Secrets of the Irish Landscape
Ronan Fox, John Sheahan: A Dubliner
Richard Kendrick, In Good Hands The Power of Metal
John Murray, The Secret Life of the Shannon

Editing TV
Mick Mahon, John Sheahan: A Dubliner
Mick Mahon, We Got Game
Emer Reynolds, The Secret Life of the Shannon
Ray Roantree, Looking After No. 1

Sound TV
1916 Searchtar Dearmadta
John Sheahan: A Dubliner
R.O.G. The Ronan O’Gara Story
The Secret Life of the Shannon

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