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Nocturnal Animals earns BAFTA nod for Armagh man McGarvey

By Claire Williamson

A Northern Ireland man has been nominated for a prestigious BAFTA award.

Seamus McGarvey, an Armagh-born cinematographer, is up for the award for his work on Nocturnal Animals.

It stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon in the thriller about a wealthy art gallery owner who is haunted by her ex-husband's novel which she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

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The Northern Ireland man is no stranger to award nominations as he has previously been recognised with nods at the Oscars, the Academy Awards.

Speaking from New York ahead of meeting Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman on-set, Seamus told the Belfast Telegraph: "It's a fantastic honour. I'm really over the moon.

"I'm really excited because it's a film I'm really proud of having worked on.

"It's a dark but exciting thriller.

"I'm really glad this film is firstly doing well and receiving the creative attention.

"It was wonderful (working on this film) Tom Ford, it goes without saying is a visual genius and is a brilliant director, one of the best I've worked with. It was just a real treat coming to work every day.

"I enjoyed every second of working on it."

His impressive back catalogue of work includes the acclaimed 2007 film Atonement starring James McAvoy and Keira Knightley for which he received an Oscar nomination.

He previously received a BAFTA nomination for his work on the 2002 film Anna Karenina. The 19th century Russian high society drama starred Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Hollywood musical La La Land is leading the way with 11 nominations at the BAFTAs.

The Hollywood musical, out in the UK on Friday, is up for best film, while stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are up for best actor and actress.

British actors Andrew Garfield, Emily Blunt and Hugh Grant are also in line for acting awards.

Meanwhile Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga has been nominated in the Rising Star category for her work in the drama Loving.

Dubliner Consolata Boyle has also been acknowledged for her costume design work on Florence Foster Jenkins. She previously nominated at both the BAFTAs and Oscars for The Queen.

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