The odds on an Irish person picking up an Academy Award this year will be slashed after today’s announcement of this years nominees.
Saoirse Ronan has been nominated for Best Actress for her role in “Brooklyn” which has also been nominated for Best Picture.
Michael Fassbender has been nominated for Best Actor for his performance in “Steve Jobs” while Lenny Abrahamsson is in the running for the Best Director gong for his work on “Room.”
“Room” and “Brooklyn” have been nominated for Best picture and “Stutterer” by Irish director Benjamin Cleary has been nominated for Best live action short.
This year marks the country’s best-ever haul of Oscar nominations. “Room” and “Brooklyn” were both produced in cooperation with the Irish Film Board.
Speaking about her nomination today, Saoirse Ronan couldn’t contain her excitement.
“When we made Brooklyn, we had no idea of what was to come. It is the most personal film I have ever done, the hardest one too. I am honoured to represent this film with my friends – John, Nick, Finola, Yves, Colm, Amanda.
This has all been a dream. To see how the film has been embraced has been heartwarming. Thank you so very much to The Academy – you are a group of people I respect greatly and to be recognized by you means so much. Thank you!”
“Room” is Lenny Abrahamsson’s fifth major movie, some of the more notable of his previous films include the critically acclaimed “Adam & Paul” and “What Richard Did.”
“Room” author Emma Donoghue is among the Best Adapted Screenplay nominees for her script of her own bestselling novel, and is joined in that category by English writer Nick Hornby, who adapted Colm Tóibín’s “Brooklyn” for the big screen.
Over all Irish films picked up a record nine nominations today, the largest ever for the Irish film industry. Yesterday the chief executive of the Irish Film Board, James Hickey, described 2015 as a “coming of age” for Irish film.
The wonderful news prompted a statement from President Michael D Higgins. “I am delighted to send my warmest congratulations to the Irish nominees on the occasion of the unprecedented strong Irish representation at the Oscars 2016,” he said.