Keoghan toasts his native Dublin at BAFTAs!

by Rose Barrett
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When Barry Keoghan stepped up to receive his BAFTA award on Sunday night last, his simple but sincere acceptance speech made every Irish heart proud!

Resplendent in a smart red suit, he tapped into green pride when he mentioned Ireland and also, rattled the blue of his native Dublin when he encouraged every young kid to “dream to be something from the area I came from”.

It was a great night for the cast and crew of the Banshees of Inisherin which claimed four BAFTA awards on the night: Barry’s award for Best Supporting Actor was balanced by co-star Kerry Condon winning the Best Supporting Actress.

Kerry Condon
Troy Kotsur and the Supporting Actress winner, Kerry Condon, on stage during the 2023 EE British Academy Film Awards, held at the Royal Festival Hall on February 19, 2023 in London, Photo by Stuart Wilson/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA

Martin McDonagh was presented with two further awards: Outstanding British Film and Original Screenplay.   Fellow Dublin actor Colin Farrell was nominated for the Best Actor in a lead role with Brendan Gleeson also nominated for Best Supporting Actor category. 

Martin McDonagh accepts the Original Screenplay Award for ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ during the 2023 EE BAFTA Film Awards, held at the Royal Festival Hall on February 19, 2023 in London, England. Photo by Stuart Wilson/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA

But it was Keoghan who wowed the audience and proved a very popular award winner, with his sheer joy and simple acceptance speech. Dedicating the award to his son Brando, he noted the plaque would be kept under a photo of his late mother who died a young woman.

He acknowledged his fellow actors, and all the film’s cast and crew – and Ireland! He noted his gratitude for the award, and stated Ireland was “an island of storytelling with great actors and poets and writers” and felt the success of the Banshees would aid the industry at home, and hopefully would encourage many others “to send scripts in and go for what they want to do.”

Movie fans might remember Keoghan’s interview on the Late Late Show in 2018 when he spoke openly about his upbringing, and many years being spent within fostering services. His mother sadly died from a heroin overdose, aged only 31 years old.

With no bitterness, the rising star spoke fondly of his mother saying heroin was a new thing to the inner city, and no one really realised the effects and impact it would have on families and communities within the north inner city. 

He and his brother Eric were moved to 13 foster homes over the years before they finally settled with Nanny Patricia and his aunties in Summerhill.  Eric is also a well known actor in theatre and television.

Barry Keoghan has already starred in Stanley Merkel (The Batman), Druig (Eternals), George (Dunkirk) and Scavenger (The Green Knight) before he secured the role of the abused  Dominic Kearney in The Banshees of Inisherin.

And still the Academy Oscars await next month.

In total, McDonagh’s film has been nominated for nine Oscar categories: Dub Colin Farrell is in the running for Best Male Actor, Kerry Condon for Best Supporting Actress; both Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan are in the mix for Best Supporting Actor with author/director Martin McDonagh up for Best Movie, Best Original Screenplay, Musical Score, Best Director and Best Editing.  

But for now, we celebrate the BAFTA win for Dubliner Barry Keoghan – who knows, maybe in time, a plaque might be mounted in his native city to acknowledge the achievements of the young Summerhill lad.

Featured image: Barry Keoghan accepts the Supporting Actor Award for ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ during the 2023 EE BAFTA Film Awards, held at the Royal Festival Hall on February 19, 2023 in London, England.

Photo by Stuart Wilson/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA

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