Irish Abroad: Irish films, actors, and director nominated for 2015 Satellite Awards

The International Press Academy has unveiled the nominations for its 20th annual Satellite Awards, with nominees announced in 19 film categories and 13 TV categories. The Irish feature strongly, with Room and Brooklyn competing for Motion Picture, and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) competing for Actress in a Motion Picture and Actor in a Motion Picture respectively. Room director, and Dublin native, Lenny Abrahamson is also nominated for Director.

In addition to Room and Brooklyn the ten Motion Picture nominees consists of The Big Short, Black Mass, Bridge of SpiesCarol, The Martian, The RevenantSicario and Spotlight. Fassbender faces strong competition from Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl; Johnny Depp, Black Mass; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant; Matt Damon, The Martian; Tom Hardy, Legend; and Will Smith, Concussion if he is to win Actor in a Motion Picture. Ronan competes against Room actress Brie Larson, as well as Blythe Danner, I’ll See You in My Dreams; Carey Mulligan, Suffragette; Cate Blanchett, Carol; and Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years. In the Director category Abrahamson faces off against Tom Hooper – The Danish Girl; Thomas McCarthy – Spotlight; Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies; Ridley Scott – The Martian; and Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant.

Spotlight has already been awarded an Ensemble: Motion Picture Award, with other special awards going to American Crime, Ensemble: TV; Amy Schumer for Trainwreck, an honorary Satellite for Breakthrough Comedian of the Year; and Jacob Tremblay for Room,for his Breakthrough Performance.

The International Press Academy is a global media association of domestic and foreign entertainment journalists in print, TV, radio, broadcast, and online outlets; including critics, interviewers, reviewers, bloggers, and photographers.  The presentation of the 20th Annual Satellite Awards will take place in Century City, California on February 21st, 2016.

The full list of nominees:

Motion Picture
Spotlight – Open Road
Sicario – Lionsgate
Room – A24
The Revenant – 2th Century Fox
The Martian – 2th Century Fox
Carol – The Weinstein Co.
Brooklyn – Fox Searchlight
Bridge of Spies – DreamWorks
Black Mass – Warner Bros.
The Big Short – Paramount

Actress in a Motion Picture
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Carey Mulligan – Suffragette
Brie Larson – Room
Blythe Danner – I’ll See You in My Dreams

Actor in a Motion Picture
Will Smith – Concussion
Tom Hardy – Legend
Michael FassbenderSteve Jobs
Matt Damon – The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Johnny Depp – Black Mass
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Actress in a Supporting Role
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
Rooney Mara – Carol
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
Jane Fonda – Youth
Elizabeth Banks – Love & Mercy
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Actor in a Supporting Role
Sylvester Stallone – Creed
Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Christian Bale – The Big Short
Benicio Del Toro – Sicario

Motion Picture, International Film
South Korea – The Throne
Brazil – The Second Mother
Croatia – The High Sun
Belgium – The Brand New Testament
Taiwan – The Assassin
Hungary – Son of Saul
France – Mustang
Germany – Labyrinth of Lies
Austria – Goodnight Mommy
Sweden – A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
The Prophet – G Kids
The Peanuts Movie – 2th Century Fox
The Good Dinosaur – Disney-Pixar
Shaun The Sheep Movie – Lionsgate
Inside Out – Disney-Pixar
Anomalisa – Paramount

Motion Picture, Documentary
Where to Invade Next – Dog Eat Dog Films
The Look of Silence – Drafthouse Films
The Hunting Ground – Radius-TWC
He Named Me Malala – Fox Searchlight, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief – HBO
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead:The Story of the National Lampoon – Magnolia Pictures
Cartel Land – The Orchard
Best of Enemies – Magnolia Pictures
Becoming Bulletproof – SuperFilms Productions
Amy – A24

Tom Hooper – The Danish Girl
Thomas McCarthy – Spotlight
Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies
Ridley Scott – The Martian
Lenny Abrahamson – Room
Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant

Screenplay, Original
Josh Singer, Thomas McCarthy – Spotlight
Michael A. Lerner, Oren Moverman – Love & Mercy
Josh Cooley, Meg LeFauve, Pete Docter – Inside Out
Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman – Straight Outta Compton
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Matt Charman – Bridge of Spies
Abi Morgan – Suffragette

Screenplay, Adapted
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith – The Revenant
Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs


Wolf Hall – BBC, PBS
Saints & Strangers – National Geographic Channel
Show Me a Hero – HBO
Flesh and Bone – Starz
The Book of Negroes – BET

Motion Picture Made for Television
Killing Jesus – National Geographic Channel
Stockholm, Pennsylvania – Lifetime
Nightingale – HBO
Bessie – HBO

Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Sarah Hay – Flesh and Bone
Samantha Bond – Home Fires
Queen Latifah – Bessie
Cynthia Nixon – Stockholm, Pennsylvania
Claire Foy – Wolf Hall
Aunjanue Ellis – The Book of Negroes

Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline
Oscar Isaac – Show Me a Hero
Michael Gambon – The Casual Vacancy
Martin Clunes – Arthur & George
Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall
David Oyelowo – Nightingale
Damian Lewis – Wolf Hall

Actress in a Series, Drama
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
Taraji P. Henson – Empire
Robin Wright – House of Cards
Kirsten Dunst – Fargo
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Claire Danes – Homeland

Actress in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul
Regina King – American Crime
Mo’nique – Bessie
Julie Walters – Indian Summers
Helen McCrory – Penny Dreadful
Catherine Keener – Show Me a Hero

Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television
Peter Dinklage – Game Of Thrones
Michael Kenneth Williams – Bessie
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
Elvis Nolasco – American Crime
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot

Television Series, Drama
Ray Donovan – Showtime
Narcos – Netflix
Mr. Robot – USA Network
Fargo – FX Networks
Deutschland 83 – Sundance Channel
Bloodline – Netflix
Better Call Saul – AMC
American Crime – ABC

Television Series, Genre
Into the Badlands – AMC
Orphan Black – BBC America
The Walking Dead – AMC
Penny Dreadful – Showtime
The Leftovers – HBO
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – BBC America
Humans – AMC
Game Of Thrones – HBO
American Horror Story Hotel – FX