#IFTA2016: The nominations have been announced for the IFTA Film & Drama Awards 2016

The nominees have been announced for the 2016 Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) Film and Drama Awards.

The annual Awards Ceremony taking place at the Round Room of the Mansion House on Saturday 9th April 2016.  The Ceremony & Red Carpet will be broadcast primetime on TV3 and highlight and news clips will be distributed worldwide.

The Lord Mayor will welcome the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins along with 500 guests from across the world of Film & Drama, all coming together to celebrate the continued great work and success of Ireland’s home industry.  The Irish Academy will also welcome Liam Neeson to Dublin to celebrate his Outstanding Contribution to Cinema and will also welcome Roma Downey who will receive the Inaugural Irish Diaspora Award.


TG4’s Irish-language drama An Klondike leads the pack with nine nominations in total, including Best Drama, Actor in a Lead Role Drama, Director Drama, and Actress in a Supporting Role Film. The film competes in both strands having been released as a mini-series and as a theatrical feature film.

The Oscar nominated Room follows with 8 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson, Best Editing for Nathan Nugent, Best Script for Emma Donoghue, Best International Actor for Jacob Tremblay, and Best International Actress for Brie Larson.

Best Film is a testament to the strength of Irish film in the last year, with Brooklyn, My Name is Emily, Room, Sing Street, The Survivalist, and Viva nominated, and all worthy winners.

Saoirse Ronan leads Brooklyn‘s charge, competing for Best Actress with Ruth Bradley (Pursuit), Eva Birthistle (Swansong), Evanna Lynch (My Name Is Emily) and Orla Brady (The Price of Desire).

Fellow Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender has been nominated for Best Actor competing with Colin Farrell (The Lobster), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), Barry Keoghan (Mammal) and Martin McCann (The Survivalist).

Best Director is another tightly contested category, with Room’s Academy Award nominated Lenny Abrahamson up against John Carney (Sing Street), John Crowley (Brooklyn), Paddy Breathnach (Viva) and Stephen Fingleton (The Survivalist).

[quote title=”Aine Moriarty – Irish Film & Television Academy, CEO”]What a superb year for Irish production and this year’s Nominations showcase to the world what Ireland’s small but excellent film industry has to offer.  Irish creative talent is delivering world-class standards of work and we look forward to showcasing and celebrating their achievements at the Ceremony.[/quote]

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy Members alongside a specialist Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

The 2016 IFTA Film & Drama Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday 9th April at the Round Room of the Mansion House in Dublin.

Full list of nominees:

Best Film

My Name is Emily
Sing Street
The Survivalist

Actor in a Lead Role Film

Colin Farrell The Lobster
Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs
Domhnall GleesonEx Machina
Barry KeoghanMammal
Martin McCann The Survivalist

Actress in a Lead Role Film

Eva Birthistle – Swansong
Ruth Bradley Pursuit
Orla Brady The Price of Desire
Evanna Lynch – My Name Is Emily
Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn

Actor in a Supporting Role Film

Domhnall Gleeson Brooklyn
Sean T. Ó Meallaigh The Callback Queen
Jack Reynor Sing Street
Owen Roe Pursuit
Michael Smiley My Name is Emily

Actress in a Supporting Role Film

Jane Brennan Brooklyn
Gemma-Leah Devereux Get Up and Go
Olwen Fouéré The Survivalist
Siobhan O’Kelly An Klondike
Ger Ryan The Callback Queen

Director Film

Lenny AbrahamsonRoom
Paddy Breathnach Viva
John Carney Sing Street
John Crowley Brooklyn
Stephen Fingleton The Survivalist

Script Film

John CarneySing Street
Emma Donoghue Room
Simon Fitzmaurice – My Name is Emily
Mark O’Halloran Viva
Johnny O’Reilly Moscow Never Sleeps

George Morrison Feature Documentary

A Doctor’s Sword – Bob Jackson and Gary Lennon
The Land of the Enlightened – Morgan Bushe and Bart Van Langendonck
Mom and Me Ken Wardrop
Older Than Ireland – Alex Fegan Garry Walsh and Colm Nicell
The Queen of Ireland – Ailish Bracken

Short Film

Change in the Weather Muiris Crowley
Ernestine and Kit Kevin Barry
The Great Wide Open – Ciaran Dooley
How Was Your Day?Damien O’Donnell
Love is a Sting Vincent Gallagher
Stutterer – Benjamin Cleary


A Coat Made Dark – Damien Byrne
Geist – Daniel Spencera
Tea with the Dead – Susan Broe
Unhinged – Tom Caulfield

International Film

The Revenant
Mad Max Fury Road
Ex Machina

International Actor

Leonard DiCaprio The Revenant
Matt DamonThe Martian
Jacob Tremblay Room
Bryan Cranston Trumbo

International Actress

Brie Larson Room
Cate Blanchett Carol
Charlotte Rampling 45 Years
Rachel Griffith Mammal


An Klondike
Game of Thrones S5
Penny Dreadful S2

Actor in a Lead Role in Drama

Dara Devaney An Klondike
Colin Farrell True Detective
Stepehn Rea Dickensian
Aidan Turner Poldark
Barry Ward Rebellion

Actress in a Lead Role Drama

Caitriona BalfeOutlander
Ruth Bradley Rebellion
Elaine Cassidy No Offence
Sarah GreeneRebellion
Catherine Walker Critical

Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama

Liam CunninghamGame of Thrones S5
Ned DennehyDickensian
Moe Dunford Vikings
Robert O’Mahoney An Klondike
Stephen Rea War and Peace

Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama

Michelle Fairly Rebellion
Sarah Greene Penny Dreadful
Paula Malcomson Ray Donovan
Ruth Negga Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.LD
Victoria Smurfit Once Upon a Time

Director Drama

Anthony Byrne Ripper Street S4
Neasa Hardiman Happy Valley
Dathai Keane An Klondike
Brian Kirk Penny Dreadful 2
Aisling Walsh An Inspector Calls

Script Drama

Marcus Fleming An Klondike
Lisa McGee Indian Summers
Billy RocheClean Break
Colin TeevanRebellion


Seamus Deasy My Name is Emily
PJ Dillion Vikings
Robbie Ryan Slow West
Cathal Watters Viva


Mick Mahon The Queen of Ireland
Nathan NugentRoom
Stephen O Connoll Viva
Emer Reynolds My Name is Emily

Production Design

Tom Conroy Legend
Padraig O’Neill An Klondike
Paki Smith Viva
Derek Wallace Rebellion

Costume Design

Joan Bergin Vikings
Allison Byrne Rebellion
Tiziana Corvisieri Sing Street
Triona Lillis An Klondike

Make-Up & Hair Sponsored By M.A.C

An Klondike
Sing Street

Original Music

Gary Clark & John Carney Sing Street
Stephen McKeon My Name Is Emily
Stephen Rennicks – Rooms
Stephen RennicksViva


The Hallow
My Name is Emily
Sing Street


The Frankenstein Chronicles
Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails
Ripper Street S3