It’s a Father-and-Son Celebration!
The IFTA Awards nominations have been announced. Gabriel Byrne has been nominated in the Lead Actor Film category this year for his work in the brilliant Matt Bissonnette film Death of a Ladies’ Man. The man who played his father in that film, Brian Gleeson, is up for Supporting Actor Film. The virtual awards ceremony will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4th. Cross your fingers for our two ladies’ men!
IFTA Chief Executive, Áine Moriarty stated that:
“This year’s Nominations are an incredible reflection of the high-calibre talent of Irish filmmakers, who are producing world-class standards of production and storytelling on screen. The Irish Academy is proud to showcase and acknowledge their great achievements. This past year and a half has been difficult for everyone across the globe, and it’s heartening now to see things opening back up, including our Cinemas nationwide, and we urge everyone to go see this incredible array of movies on the big screen near you.
Cinema is above all a communal experience and we are looking forward to bringing Ireland’s world class screen community together with audiences to engage and to celebrate the very best in Irish Film & Television excellence.”
Irish Actors too have reached audiences the world over with their roles in film and television. The Best Actor Film Category sees legendary actor Ciarán Hinds nominated for his brilliant performance in the whimsical and playful The Man in the Hat, Fionn O’Shea for his layered and endearing performance in Dating Amber (he is also nominated for his supporting role in Normal People for his role as one of the great Irish villains), Gabriel Byrne is nominated for his outstanding lead performance as an aging, womanising professor who starts hallucinating Leonard Cohen musical numbers in Death of a Ladies Man, Moe Dunford’s literal powerhouse performance as a rogue cage fighter in Knuckledust sees him nominated, while Tristan Heanue’s debut lead performance as a guard torn between duty and family in Broken Law earns him his first acting nomination.
In the Supporting Actor FilmCategory Barry Ward is nominated for his role as Eddie’s armyman dad in Dating Amber, Briain Gleeson for his role as Gabriel Byrne’s character’s father in Death of a Ladies Man, Colm Meanie for his turn as a likable Sligo crime boss in Pixie, Conleth Hill for his role as helpful handyman Aido in Herself, and Ned Dennehy for his performance as the sociopathic Harry in sci-fi film Undergods.
They were typing too fast on this section. It’s BRIAN Gleeson and Colm MEANEY. wink
It’s such a memorable and touching film. It would be lovely to see them win at home, wouldn’t it? heart