Banshees of Inisherin secures 9 Oscars and 10 BAFTA nominations

Dublin actors Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan, among big categories

by Rose Barrett
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Banshees of Inisherin

There will be a weighted Irish presence this year at both the Oscar and BAFTA Awards as Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ secured multiple nominations in each of the prestigious film industry annual awards.

The film which falls into the Comedy/Musical category features well known Dublin actors Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan, along with Tipperary actress, Kerry Condron and Gary Lydon (UK/Wexford) as the aggressive local garda.

Farrell has been chosen for Best Male actor in both the Oscars and BAFTAs, Kerry Condron for Best Female Support Role in both, with Gleeson and Keoghan also scooping Best Support Acto, and Martin McDonagh up for Best Movie, Best Original Screenplay, Musical Score, Best Director and Best Editing – in total, nine Oscar nominations.

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Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin. (Jonathan Hession/Searchlight Pictures)

Cameo roles were played by Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny, Sheila Flitton, David Pear, Bríd Ní Neachtain and Aaron Monaghan, not forgetting Jenny the donkey!

McDonagh’s bleak ‘comedy’ scooped three awards at the Golden Globes earlier this month. BAFTA nominations include Best Director, Best Film, Original Screenplay, Leading Actor (Colin Farrell), Supporting Actress (Kerry Condon), Supporting Actor (Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan), Outstanding British Film, and for Original Score and Editing

Other big hitters at this year’s awards will be ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ (14 BAFTA nominations), ‘Elvis’, ‘Tár’, ‘Everything Everywhere all at Once’ and ‘Triangle of Sadness’. 

Irish-language film ‘An Cailín Ciúin’ -The Quiet Girl – has been nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language at both award ceremonies and a BAFTA Best Adapted Screenplay. Directed by Colm Bairéad, it stars Catherine Clinch, Carrie Crowley and Andrew Bennett.

Paul Mescal also features in this year’s Oscar nominations so a heavy Irish presence at both the OSCARs and BAFTAs this year. The BAFTA Awards will be held on Sunday, February 19 and the Oscar Academy Awards in March next.

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