Belfast Telegraph

Gleeson family on awards shortlists

Screen star Brendan Gleeson and his two actor sons, Domhnall and Brian, have been shortlisted in separate categories in the Irish Film and Television Awards.

The Irish Film and Television Academy (Ifta) announced crime drama Love/Hate is up for a possible 10 awards at its eighth annual ceremony, to be held in Dublin on Saturday February 12, while Juanita Wilson's Bosnian-set movie drama As If I Am Not There has six nominations.

In the film acting categories, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson are nominated for their performances in the Irish gangster comedy Perrier's Bounty, and both Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan are up for their supporting roles in Peter Weir's The Way Back.

However, the Academy had to merge two categories because of the inadequate number of lead actress submissions in the film category.

Amy Huberman's lead performance in the feature film Rewind will be judged against television's lead actresses Ruth Bradley (Love/Hate), Orla Brady (Mistresses), Sarah Flood (Fair City) and Charlene McKenna (Raw).

Aine Moriarty, Ifta chief executive, said the Irish film and television industry continued to produce a remarkable standard of work despite difficult circumstances in the Irish economy in 2010.

"The Academy is delighted the industry, with the ongoing support from the Irish Government, is continuing to provide excellent feature films, dramas, entertainment programmes and documentaries," she said.

"Audiences in Ireland and around the world consistently respond to the work produced and made by our home-grown creative talents and, alongside many of our industry greats, I am pleased to see so many exciting new names in the shortlist - this reflects the growing pool of talent in our creative industries, long may it continue."

Martin McCann and Colm Meaney are nominated for lead roles in Irish features Swansong: Story Of Occi Byrne and Parked, with Pierce Brosnan (The Ghost) and Liam Neeson (Chloe) shortlisted for their work on international projects.

Meanwhile Fair City writer Hilary Reynolds receives her first Ifta nomination, as do the Irish soap opera's stars Sarah Flood and Eamon Morrissey. Other first-time nominees in acting include rising Irish talent Robert Sheehan (Love/Hate) and brothers Domhnall Gleeson (When Harvey Met Bob) and Brian Gleeson (Love/Hate).


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