The nominations for the 94th Academy Awards have been announced in Hollywood with a number of notable Irish inclusions.
Kerry actress Jessie Buckley has been nominated for best supporting actress for her role in “The Lost Daughter”.
Ciarán Hinds has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in “Belfast” which received a total of 7 nominations – including for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director for Kenneth Branagh.
Branagh’s nominations mean he has set a new Oscars record, receiving seven nominations in seven different categories over the course of his career.
Among the other nominations for “Belfast” include Van Morrison’s original song “Down To Joy” and if Dame Judi Dench wins for Best Actress in a Supporting Role she would become the oldest acting winner ever at age 87.
“Belfast” is a semi-autobiographical movie that is the humorous, tender and intensely personal story of one boy’s childhood during the tumult of the late 1960s in the city of Branagh’s birth.
One of this year’s Oscar nominees has also emerged as true triple threat. “Flee”, a Danish animated documentary, has been nominated for the Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Animated Feature. This makes it the first movie ever to be nominated in all three categories.
“Flee” is released at the IFI from Friday, February 11th and tells the story of Amin Nawabi (a pseudonym), a 36-year-old, high-achieving academic, grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and Casper, his soon-to-be husband.
Troy Kotsur has become the first deaf man and the second deaf actor nominated for an Academy Award. Kotsur has been nominated for best supporting actor for “CODA”.
Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” was recognised in 12 Oscar categories with married couple Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons receiving their first nominations.
Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross announced this year’s nominations and for the first time in three years, the Oscars will have a host when they are handed out on March 27, at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.