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Love/Hate dominates IFTA shortlists


Robert Sheehan of crime drama Love/Hate is in line for an Irish Film and Television Award

Robert Sheehan of crime drama Love/Hate is in line for an Irish Film and Television Award

Robert Sheehan of crime drama Love/Hate is in line for an Irish Film and Television Award

Crime drama Love/Hate has been nominated for a record 11 accolades in the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs).

The third series of the RTE show is up for best television drama, with its writer Stuart Carolan and director David Caffrey making the shortlist alongside Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Robert Sheehan for lead actor and Charlie Murphy and Susan Loughnane for lead and supporting actress.

The winners of the 40 strongly contested categories for the 10th IFTAs will be revealed on Saturday February 9.

IFTA chief executive Aine Moriarty said the past 12 months had shown the industry to be resilient and hard-working, producing some of the most diverse, engaging and talked-about Irish dramas, documentaries, feature films, entertainment and factual programmes.

"There's no shortage of new and upcoming Irish creative talent, ready to make their mark on the world stage," she said. "It's a time to acknowledge and be proud of their achievements, and the 10th ceremony will be a great showcase of this work and a chance to reflect on just how far our home industry has come in the last 10 years."

Some 315 titles were submitted for consideration in the 2013 awards. Best film nominations are family drama Death Of A Superhero, 1970s Belfast punk scene biopic Good Vibrations, comedy horror Grabbers, political drama Shadow Dancer and suspense drama What Richard Did.

In the film acting categories Colin Farrell is nominated for Seven Psychopaths, alongside Martin McCann, Ruth Bradley and Anne Marie Duff, for Jump, Grabbers and Sanctuary respectively. Newcomer Seana Kerslake receives her first nomination for Dollhouse, and is joined by Jack Reynor and Roisin Murphy for their roles in What Richard Did.

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Back on the small screen The Borgias, Game Of Thrones and Titanic: Blood And Steel will compete against Love/Hate for best TV drama.

Actors up for lead television roles include Gabriel Byrne (Secret State), Colm Meaney (Hell On Wheels), Orla Brady (Sinbad), Carrie Crowley (Rasai Na Gaillimhe) and Amy Huberman (Threesome).

Meanwhile in the entertainment section last year's winner Mrs Brown's Boys is nominated alongside The Voice Of Ireland, The Savage Eye and Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy, which has five nominations in total. And Jedward are up for an award in the children's/youth category for OMG! Jedward's Dream Factory, alongside animated series Octonauts, travel series Tholg Go Tolg and the unique Roy.

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