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Philomena: Made in Northern Ireland movie a front runner at the Golden Globe awards



The story of a young unmarried Irish mother who was forced to give up her baby son represents Northern Ireland's best hope in the 2014 Golden Globes.

Largely shot in Co Down, Philomena is in the running for Best Picture Drama in next year's just-announced nominations and a win would give our emerging film industry another boost.

Dame Judy Dench, who played the lead role of Philomena Lee, is also nominated for Best Drama Actress, while Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope have been nominated for writing the screenplay.

Based on BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith's 2009 book The Lost Child Of Philomena Lee, the movie featured scenes with the Mournes in the background and the Dufferin Arms in Killyleagh.

Dame Judy was reported to have been a firm favourite with the locals as shooting took place over seven days.

Another nominee with local links is Michael Fassbender, whose mother Adele is from Larne, Co Antrim.

The 36-year-old received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in 12 Years A Slave, which tells the story of a free black man who was abducted and enslaved in pre-American Civil War times. His nomination is one of four the film received, including nominations for best original score and best motion picture screenplay.

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Last night, 12 Years A Slave was 5/4 favourite for best picture drama and Cate Blanchett was 6/4 favourite to win best actress for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.

Two other directors, Steve McQueen and Paul Greengrass, who previously directed films about the Troubles, were also nominated.

McQueen, who cast Fassbender as Bobby Sands in his critically acclaimed film Hunger, is nominated for Best Director for 12 Years A Slave.

He is up against Greengrass, the director of Bloody Sunday and Omagh, for Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, who was nominated in the Drama Actor category.

Captain Phillips is also nominated as Best Drama Picture.


Top film nominations:

* Best Picture, Drama: 12 Years A Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena, Rush

* Director: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity; Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips; Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave; Alexander Payne for Nebraska; David O. Russell for American Hustle

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