Comedies lead the pack at the Irish Film and Television Awards; father and son Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson compete for best actor.

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John Michael McDonagh’s blackly comic Calvary and John Butler comedy The Stag lead the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards.

Both films have secured six nominations each, including Best Film where they are up against Neil Jordan’s vampire feature Byzantium, drama Run & Jump, starring Nebraska’s Will Forte; and drama The Sea.

The best actor category will see Brendan Gleeson, who played a good-natured priest under threat in Calvary, compete against his son Domhnall Gleeson, nominated for his role in Richard Curtis romantic drama About Time.

Also up for best actor are Ciaran Hinds for his role in The Sea and a comic turn from Sherlock villain Andrew Scott for his performance in The Stag.

McDonagh, Butler and Jordan will compete in the film director category, which also include Ruairi Robinson of The Last Days on Mars.

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave also picked up three nominations including international film, international actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and actor in a supporting role for Michael Fassbender.

The slavery drama, which picked up the BAFTA for best film and is hotly tipped for this weekend’s Oscars, will compete with Gravity, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street in the international film category.

The awards, organised by the Irish Film and Television Academy, comprise 40 categories and will be handed out at a ceremony on April 5 in Dublin.

IFTA received 311 titles submitted for consideration.

Academy CEO Aine said: “This year’s nominations showcase to the world what Ireland’s small but excellent film and television community has to offer.”

Full Nominations


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
  • Neil Jordan, Byzantium
  • John Michael McDonagh, Calvary
  • Ruairi Robinson, The Last Days on Mars

Script Film

  • John Banville, The Sea
  • Ailbhe Keogan, Run & Jump
  • John Michael McDonagh, Calvary
  • John Butler and Peter McDonald, The Stag

Actor in a Lead Role Film

  • Brendan Gleeson, Calvary
  • Domhnall Gleeson, About Time
  • Ciarán Hinds, The Sea
  • Andrew Scott, The Stag

Actress in a Leading Role Film

  • Antonia Campbell-Hughes, 3096 Days
  • Jane McGrath, Black Ice
  • Saoirse Ronan, Byzantium
  • Kelly Thornton, Life’s A Breeze

Actor in a Supporting Role Film

  • Colin Farrell, Saving Mr.Banks
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
  • Edward MacLiam, Run & Jump
  • Peter McDonald, The Stag

Actress in a Supporting Role Film

  • Sinead Cusack, The Sea
  • Fionnula Flanagan, Life’s A Breeze
  • Amy Huberman, The Stag
  • Orla O’Rourke, Calvary

International Film

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Gravity
  • Philomena
  • 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


  • The Fall
  • Game of Thrones
  • Love/Hate
  • Quirke
  • Vikings

Director TV Drama

  • David Caffrey, Love Hate
  • Ciaran Donnelly, Vikings
  • Ian Fitzgibbon, Moone Boy
  • Thaddeus O’Sullivan, Amber

Script Drama

  • Stuart Carolan, Love/Hate
  • Neil Jordan, The Borgias
  • Nick Vincent Murphy & Chris O’Dowd, Moone Boy
  • Conor McPherson, Quirke

Actor in a Leading Role Television

  • Gabriel Byrne, Quirke
  • Jamie Dornan, The Fall
  • Chris O’Dowd, Moone Boy
  • Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Love/Hate

Actress in a Leading Role Television

  • Eva Birthistle, Amber
  • Charlie Murphy, Love/Hate
  • Mary Murray, Love/Hate
  • Deirdre O’Kane, Moone Boy

Actor in a Supporting Role Television

  • Peter Coonan, Love/Hate
  • Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones
  • Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones
  • Allen Leech, Downton Abbey

Actress in a Supporting Role Television

  • Elaine Cassidy, The Paradise
  • Caoilfhionn Dunne, Love/Hate
  • Michelle Fairley, Game of Thrones
  • Victoria Smurfit, Dracula

Craft/Technical (Film/Drama)


  • 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

  • Byzantium
  • The Fall
  • Ripper Street
  • Vikings

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

TV Programmes


  • An Ceoldrama
  • Doc McStuffins
  • Octonauts
  • Punky

Current Affairs

  • Breach of Trust (RTÉ)
  • Inside Irish Nationwide (Animo for RTÉ)
  • 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 Árainn Mhór
  • The Estate
  • John Lonergan’s Circus


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


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


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


  • Batmen
  • Páidí Ó Sé - Rí an Pharóiste
  • R.O.G. The Ronan O’Gara Story
  • We Got Game

Irish Language

  • 1916 Seachtar Dearmadta
  • An Ceoldrama
  • Scúp
  • Páidí Ó Sé - Rí an Pharóiste

Craft / Technical (TV)

Director TV

  • Anna Rodgers, Somebody to Love
  • Colm Bairéad, An Ceoldráma
  • Tom Johnston, Áine 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