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Nominations at British Independent Film Awards

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The Lobster, Brooklyn, The Hallow and Room

Irish talent has been in the spotlight for international film awards this week, with Irish co-production The Lobster receiving seven nominations at the Moët British Independent Film Awards, which also saw John Crowley’s Brooklyn being nominated in five categories in addition to a nomination each for Corin Hardy’s The Hallow and Lenny Abrahamson’s Room. This comes in the wake of Saoirse Ronan’s award win at the Hollywood Film Awards last weekend.

The Lobster is the most nominated film at this year’s BIFAs, with a nod in the categories of Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Yorgos Lanthimos, Best Actor for Colin Farrell, Best Supporting Actress for Olivia Colman, Best Screenplay for Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, Best Supporting Actor for Ben Whishaw and Producer of the Year for Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos and Lee Magiday. The Lobster is currently on release in cinemas and last week surpassed the €1 million mark at the Irish and UK box office.

Brooklyn has been nominated in five categories, which are Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Julie Walters, Best Screenplay for Nick Hornby, Best Supporting Actor for Domhnall Gleeson and Outstanding Achievement in Craft, for which Fiona Weir is nominated for casting. This follows on from Saoirse Ronan’s win at the Hollywood Film Awards, at which she was presented with the New Hollywood Award by Ryan Gosling. The acclaimed Brooklyn is released in cinemas this Friday.

Corin Hardy is nominated for the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director for his horror feature The Hallow, which is released in cinemas on November 13th.

Room directed by Lenny Abrahamson has been nominated in the category of Best International Independent Film. Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, Room will be released in Irish cinemas in January.

In addition, Irish actor Michael Fassbender has been nominated for Best Actor for his role in Macbeth, while Brendan Gleeson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Suffragette.

The Lobster, Brooklyn, The Hallow and Room were all supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

The 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards will take place in London on December 6th