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2012 IFTA Nominations – what’s wrong and what will win…

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So it’s that time of the year when Ireland announces the nominations for its own little awards, the Irish Film & Television Awards aka the IFTAs.

They always make for a curious bit of viewing but my mother watches them and she has no interest in the Oscars or the BAFTAS so I guess that’s plenty of justification for their existence. When picking apart the nominations this year you notice that inconsistency seem to be the name of the game again this year, with a few obvious things sticking out.

The biggest gripe I have is that peppered among the obvious nominations like What Richard Did and Shadow Dancer are films that next to no one other than the film community commentariat have seen yet (Kieron Walsh’s Jump or Ciaran Foy’s Citadel are still to get a general release but still qualify). Add to that the fact that we see Irish actors getting nominations for appearing in international productions like Domhnall Gleeson in Anna Karenina and Ciaran Hinds The Woman in Black and yet no place for Daniel Day-Lewis’s award-winning performance in Lincoln which presumably doesn’t qualify as it’s not released here yet. Should Martin McDonagh’s US/UK-funded Seven Psychopaths be allowed to be considered for more categories other than actor and director? And let’s not even get started on the crazy technical categories that pitch a film like What Richard Did against (admittedly excellent) TV fare like Game of Thrones and Love/Hate.

The issues with production funding and release dates have always been the way, and with the awards now in their 10th year, viewers and academy members clearly enjoy the hodgepodge of television and cinema categories so who are we to critique a popular formula and it is important for the industry to pat itself on the back now and again. But lets hope they inject a bit of unpredictability into proceedings so as stars like Brenda Fricker won’t call them “mind blowingly, numbingly boring” again.

The IFTAs take place on Saturday 9th February 2013, set up the oul Sky+ box now and read the official press release on their site here.

We’ve pasted in all the film categories below and highlighted what we think SHOULD win. Readers of our From Best to Worst – a Look Back at Irish Cinema in 2012 feature won’t find many surprised in our selections which include a certain film sweeping most of the main categories… Obviously we haven’t seen everything in here (I wager that no one has), so a certain amount of guesswork is involved so don’t go putting the rent on these picks.



Death of a Superhero (Michael Garland, Astrid Kahmke, Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures)

Good Vibrations (Chris Martin, Andrew Eaton, Canderblinks Films)

Grabbers (David Collins, Martina Niland, Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)

Shadow Dancer (Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Element Pictures)

What Richard Did (Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Element Pictures)



Lenny Abrahamson, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)

Pat Collins, Silence (South Wind Blows and Harvest Films)

Ian Fitzgibbon, Death of a Superhero (Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures)

Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths (MomentumPictures)



Malcolm Campbell, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)

Kevin Lehane, Grabbers (Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)

Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths (MomentumPictures)

Kieron J Walsh, Jump (Hotshot Films)



Richard Dormer, Good Vibrations (Canderblinks Films)

Colin Farrell, Seven Psychopaths (MomentumPictures)

Martin McCann, Jump (Hotshot Films)

Jack Reynor, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)



Ruth Bradley, Grabbers  (Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)

Anne Marie Duff, Sanctuary  (Venom Films)

Roisin Murphy, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)

Seana Kerslake, Dollhouse (The Factory)



Domhnall Gleeson, Anna Karenina (Universal Pictures)

Ciaran Hinds, The Woman in Black (Momentum Pictures)

Michael McElhatton, Death of a Superhero (Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures)

David Wilmot, Shadow Dancer (Element Pictures)



Bríd Brennan, Shadow Dancer (Element Pictures)

Bronagh Gallagher, Grabbers (Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Samson Films)

Charlene McKenna, Jump (Hotshot Films)

Gabrielle Reidy, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)



Bernard Dunne’s Bród Club (Production Team, Independent Pictures)

Congo 1961 (Akajava Films)

Lón sa Spéir – Men at Lunch (Sean & Eamonn Ó’Cualáin, Sónta)

Rásaí na Gaillimhe (Great Western Films)

– forgive our lack of gaelgoir activity as we saw none of these



Barbaric Genius (Paul Duane, Screenworks)

John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man (Sé Merry Doyle, Loopline Films)

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (Trevor Birney, Eimhear O’Neill, Ruth O’Reilly, Below The Radar)

Skin in the Game (Donald Taylor Black, Poolbeg Productions)



The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden (Andrew Legge)

Fear of Flying (Conor Finnegan, Lovely Productions)

Morning (Cathy Brady)

Rhinos (Shimmy Marcus)

– sorry but I haven’t see any of these yet…



After You (Damien O’Connor, Cell Division)

Fear of Flying (Conor Finnegan, Lovely Productions)

Macropolis (Flickerpix Animations)

Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale (Brown Bag Films / Silvergate)

– ditto



Good Vibrations, Maggie Donnelly (Canderblinks Films)

Loving Miss Hatto, Alison Byrne (Left Bank Pictures)

King of the Travellers, Joan O’Cleary (Vico Films)

Ripper Street, Lorna Marie Mugan (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions)



Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina (Universal Pictures)

PJ Dillon, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Tim Fleming, Citadel (Blinder Films)

David Grennan, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)


Editing Film/Drama

Nathan Nugent, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)

Dermot Diskin, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Mick Mahon, Saving the Titanic (Tile Films)

Helen Chapman, Ripper Street (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions)


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Morna Ferguson, Dee Corcoran – Loving Miss Hatto (Left Bank Pictures)

Sharon Doyle, Eileen Buggy – Ripper Street (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions)

Lynn Johnston, Eileen Buggy – Shadow Dancer (Element Pictures)

Tom McInerney, Dee Corcoran – Titanic Blood & Steel (Epos Films)


Production Design

Mark Geraghty, Ripper Street (Element Pictures, Tiger Aspect Productions)

Tom Conroy, Titanic: Blood & Steel (Epos Films)

Stephen Daly, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Ray Ball, Saving the Titanic – (Tile Films)


Original Score

Niall Byrne, Loving Miss Hatto (Left Bank Pictures)

Ray Harman, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Steve Lynch, Saving the Titanic (Tile Films)

Stephen Rennicks, What Richard Did (Element Pictures)


Sound Film/Drama

Citadel – Garret Farrell, Hugh Fox, Steve Fanagan

Game of Thrones – Ronan Hill, Mervyn Moore

Titanic Blood & Steel – Dan Birch, Jon Stevenson, Garret Farrell

What Richard Did – Paddy Hanlon, Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady