Irish hopefuls among Oscar nominees

It's the most hyped night of the showbiz year – and this time Ireland has a few hopefuls in the running for a coveted Academy Award. David Roy takes a look at our runners and riders in the 2017 Oscars race

LIMERICK'S Ruth Negga is our most high-profile Oscar contender, nominated in the Best Actress category for her portrayal of real life civil rights hero Mildred Loving in the acclaimed Jeff Nichols-directed drama, Loving.

Love/Hate and Preacher star Negga (35) was recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the same role but lost out to Isabelle Huppert – who's also in the running for the Best Actress Oscar – and last week was passed over for a Bafta Best Newcomer award in favour of Tom Holland.

Could it be a case of 'third time lucky'?

Oddball indie drama The Lobster starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C Reilly was co-produced by Irish company Element Pictures as well as being shot in Co Kerry and Dublin. It's in the running for Best Screenplay and the Yorgos Lanthimos directed and co-written film surely deserves some Academy recognition for its unusual but highly effective blend of darkly comedic drama and surrealistic dystopian sci-fi.

Nominated in the Best Costume category for her work on period biopic Florence Foster Jenkins, costume designer Consolata Boyle is already an old hand at the Oscars game: Dublin-based Boyle, who has a background in top-level Irish theatre work, was previously nominated in 2006 for costuming Stephen Frears' royal biopic The Queen, starring Helen Mirren.

There's also another Irish actor in the running for an Academy Award, although he never actually appears on-screen: Moville-born teen and Game of Thrones veteran Art Parkinson provided the voice for the titular lead character in the acclaimed Travis Knight-directed animation Kubo and The Two Strings, which is among the contenders in the Best Animated Feature category.

If the film should emulate its recent Bafta-winning success on Sunday night, Parkinson (15) can expect to find himself mentioned in Knight's acceptance speech along with Kubo's bona-fide Oscar-winning 'parents', Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron – fine company for one of Ireland's rising young stars to be keeping.

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:: OSCARS 2017 – KEY CATEGORIES

BEST PICTURE

Moonlight

Manchester by The Sea

La La Land

Hell or High Water

Arrival

Hidden Figures

Hacksaw Ridge

Lion

Fences

BEST ACTRESS

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Emma Stone – La La Land

Isabel Huppert – Elle

Ruth Negga – Loving

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck – Manchester by The Sea

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington – Fences

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges – Manchester by The Sea

Dev Patel – Lion

Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola Davis – Fences

Michelle Williams – Manchester by The Sea

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by The Sea

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Hell or High Water (Taylor Sheridan)

La La Land (Damien Chazelle)

The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou)

Manchester by The Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Arrival (Eric Heisserer)

Fences (August Wilson)

Hidden Figures (Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi)

Lion (Luke Davies)

Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McRaney)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

OJ: Made in America

13th

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Kubo and The Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini (My Life as a Courgette)

The Red Turtle

Zootopia - Zootropolis

 

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