Academy Awards

#Oscars: The Favourite scores 10 nominations joining Irish shorts Late Afternoon and Detainment at the 91st Academy Awards

Irish production company Element Pictures’ The Favourite leads the pack as it has been nominated for an incredible ten Academy Awards®. Louise Bagnall’s short film, Late Afternoon, and Vincent Lambe’s short Detainment were also nominated for Best Animated Short and Best Live Action Short respectively.

Following her Golden Globe win, lead actress Olivia Colman continues to impress with another nomination with best supporting actress noms for both Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.  Dubliner Robbie Ryan was honoured with a nomination for cinematography and Yorgos Lanthimos is up for best director.

The Favourite also secured a nomination in the hotly-contested best picture category. This is Element Picture’s second best picture nomination at the Oscars, following their ROOM nomination 3 years ago. Element Pictures is the only Irish company to ever have secured two best picture nominations and with 10 nominations for The Favourite it is now the most nominated Irish film ever at the Oscars.

Other nominations were Original Screenplay for Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara ,Production Design for Fiona Crombie and Alice Fenton, Film Editing for Yorgos Mavropsaridi and Costume Design for Sandy Powell.

We are in LA and jet lagged so we were wide awake and ready to watch the awards at whatever ungodly hour it was. Its incredible to get this recognition – maybe because the film has been so challenging to pull together over such a long time its all the sweeter. Huge congratulations to all the nominees and we are especially delighted that Yorgos got the nod for director – more than with most movies, its all down to him. We are dying to get back to Dublin to celebrate with our gang at Element who have all been such brilliant fellow travellers on the journey. And of course huge gratitude to Fox Searchlight, Film4 and Waypoint.
Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, Producers – The Favourite

Late Afternoon, written and directed by Louise Bagnall, sees an elderly woman as she drifts back through her memories; existing between two states—the past and the present. Starring Fionnula Flanagan, Late Afternoon is produced by Nuria González Blanco for Cartoon Saloon and was funded under the Screen Ireland and RTÉ funded Frameworks short film scheme.  Bagnall’s credits as an animator include Song of the Sea and the Amazing World of Gumball. The film received its New York premiere at Tribeca last year, where it was awarded Best Animated Short, screening as part of a special animation programme curated by Whoopi Goldberg, Late Afternoon also won Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film at last year’s Galway Film Fleadh and took home an IFTA for Best Animated Short.

Vincent Lambe’s Detainment is the story of two ten year-old boys who are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. The film is a true story based on interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993. The 30 minute short stars Ely Solan, Leon Hughes, Will O’Connell, and David Ryan. In addition to directing Lambe wrote and produced the film, with Darren Mahon and Robert Dwyer-Joyce as producers. It qualified for the Oscars by winning the Grand Prix HCA Award at the 43rd Odense International Film Festival.

Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s memoir of childhood in 1970s Mexico City, also scored 10 nominations, including best film and best director for Cuarón. Bradley Coopers’ A Star is Born, starring Cooper and Lady Gaga, picked up 8 nominations, as did Adam McKay’s Vice, based on the life of Dick Cheney. Marvel Studios and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther scored 7 nominations, including Best Picture. The Farrelly Brother’s Green Book secured 5 nominations, joining Bohemian Rhapsody. Damien Chazelle’s First Man and Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns received four.

On behalf of Screen Ireland, I would like to congratulate Element Pictures, Louise Bagnall and Robbie Ryan on today’s nominations. Irish film has been a consistent presence at the Academy Awards® over the last decade and this is the fifth ceremony in a row where Irish filmmaking talent has been front and centre.

The success of The Favourite has been a truly remarkable feat to witness this awards season and Screen Ireland is delighted to have worked with Ed and Andrew at Element, and of course Yorgos, on previous success stories, The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. We are also particularly happy to see Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan garner a much deserved nomination for his work on the film.

We are also incredibly proud of Louise Bagnall and her nomination for the beautiful and poignant Late Afternoon co-funded by Screen Ireland. Irish short film has a fantastic track record at the Academy Awards® and for Late Afternoon to be among the line-up of five international animated shorts is a testament to the strength and creativity of the Irish animation industry. Louise undoubtedly has a successful career ahead of her and we are delighted to see her flying the flag for Irish creative female talent at this year’s awards. We wish Louise, Robbie Ryan and Element Pictures every success at next month’s ceremony. James Hickey, Chief Executive – Screen Ireland

The 91st Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 24th, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


Here is the full list of 2019 Oscar nominations:

Best Picture:

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
A Star Is Born

Lead Actor:

Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Lead Actress:

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams, Vice
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite


Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Adam McKay, Vice

Animated Feature:

Incredibles 2, Brad Bird
Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson
Mirai, Mamoru Hosoda
Ralph Breaks the Internet, Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short:

Animal Behaviour, Alison Snowden, David Fine
Bao, Domee Shi
Late Afternoon, Louise Bagnall
One Small Step, Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
Weekends, Trevor Jimenez

Adapted Screenplay:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
BlacKkKlansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born, Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Original Screenplay:

The Favourite, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
First Reformed, Paul Schrader
Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
Vice, Adam McKay


Cold War, Lukasz Zal
The Favourite, Robbie Ryan
Never Look Away, Caleb Deschanel
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
A Star Is Born, Matthew Libatique

Best Documentary Feature:

Free Solo, Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Hale County This Morning, This Evening, RaMell Ross
Minding the Gap, Bing Liu
Of Fathers and Sons, Talal Derki
RBG, Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Best Documentary Short Subject:

Black Sheep, Ed Perkins
End Game, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Lifeboat, Skye Fitzgerald
A Night at the Garden, Marshall Curry
Period. End of Sentence., Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Live Action Short Film:

Detainment, Vincent Lambe
Fauve, Jeremy Comte
Marguerite, Marianne Farley
Mother, Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Skin, Guy Nattiv

Best Foreign Language Film:

Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Film Editing:

BlacKkKlansman, Barry Alexander Brown
Bohemian Rhapsody, John Ottman
Green Book, Patrick J. Don Vito
The Favourite, Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Vice, Hank Corwin

Sound Editing:

Black Panther, Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker
Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst
First Man, Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
A Quiet Place, Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl
Roma, Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay

Sound Mixing:

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Star Is Born

Production Design:

Black Panther, Hannah Beachler
First Man, Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
The Favourite, Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
Mary Poppins Returns, John Myhre, Gordon Sim
Roma, Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez

Original Score:

BlacKkKlansman, Terence Blanchard
Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson
If Beale Street Could Talk, Nicholas Britell
Isle of Dogs, Alexandre Desplat
Mary Poppins Returns, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song:

All The Stars from Black Panther by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
I’ll Fight from RBG by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
Shallow from A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by Willie Watson, Tim Blake Nelson

Makeup and Hair:

Mary Queen of Scots

Costume Design:

Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mary Zophres
Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter
The Favourite, Sandy Powell
Mary Poppins Returns, Sandy Powell
Mary Queen of Scots, Alexandra Byrne

Visual Effects:

Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story