Belfast Telegraph

Three movies battle for IFTAs haul

Three movies are set to battle it out at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) after getting nine nominations each.

Period piece Albert Nobbs, rural drama Stella Days and black comedy The Guard will go head to head at a showbiz ceremony next month.

Elsewhere television crime drama Love/Hate has been shortlisted for 10 awards in the 40 categories.

Aine Moriarty, academy chief executive, said: "The Irish Film and Television Awards is Ireland's showcase to the world of what our small but outstanding film and television community has to offer: excellent and challenging feature films and dramas, entertaining television and engaging factual content.

"The Irish industry consistently delivers world-class standards of work that is watched by a global audience.

"Ireland's economic struggles have been well documented, but against this pressure it's heartening to see how Ireland's hard-working creative community continues to punch above its weight and really deliver."

Films up for the best movie title include Albert Nobbs, Charlie Casanova, Stella Days and The Guard - with the scriptwriters of each film also nominated, including renowned author John Banville and Hollywood actress Glenn Close who penned Albert Nobbs.

Actors nominated for a lead role are Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy star Ciaran Hinds, The Guard's Brendan Gleeson, Michael Fassbender for his performance in Steve McQueen's drama Shame, and Martin Sheen for his role as an Irish priest in Stella Days.

Sheen's co-star Marcella Plunkett has also been nominated with Antonia Campbell Hughes (The Other Side Of Sleep), Aoife Duffin (Behold The Lamb) and Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) in the lead actress category.

In the television drama categories, RTE crime drama Love/Hate leads with nominations in 10 categories including best drama, director, writer and acting nominations for Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Denise McCormack and Aidan Gillen. Brendan Coyle also earns his first IFTA nomination for his supporting role as Mr Bates in popular ITV drama Downton Abbey.

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