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IFTA 2022 Nominations Announced for the Irish Academy Awards 







    The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has announced the 2022 IFTA Nominations for the Irish Academy Awards across 25 categories in Film and Drama.

    Over the past few months, Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, dramas, performances, and craftsmanship.

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

    IFTA Chief Executive, Áine Moriarty said: 

    “What a spectacular line-up of Nominees that have been shortlisted for Irish Academy Awards this year, after a record-breaking production year for the Irish industry.  The work being recognised this year showcases to the world what our talented industry has to offer.” 

    “It’s an incredible reflection of the high calibre of Irish talent, filmmaking and storytelling that we have in this country, at world-class standards.  The Irish Academy is proud to acknowledge and reward their great achievements”.




    Best Film Nominees 2022

    The Best Film Nominees this year, showcase one of the most diverse and exciting Film Line-ups in many years.  Powerful films that are captivating audiences across Ireland and internationally, showcasing Comedy, period Drama, Philosophical Sci-Fi, Horror, Irish Language and LGBTQ+ coming-of-age and that’s not all.

    Colm Bairéad’s debut An Cailín Ciúin, is a gorgeous and mesmerising story of a young girl’s summer break away from her dysfunctional family in 1980s Ireland, when she stays with a foster couple featuring new-comer Catherine Clinch and Carrie Crowley;  Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, is the tender, personal and very humorous story of one boy’s childhood during the Troubles in 1960’s Belfast, featuring Caitriona Balfe, Ciarán Hinds, Jamie Dornan, Jude Hill, and Dame Judy Dench;  Rachel Carey’s debut Deadly Cuts is the hit comedy about a group of inner-city Dublin hairstylists-turned-vigilantes, starring Angeline Ball; Swan Song, is the superb debut Sci-Fi feature from Oscar-winning Irish filmmaker Ben Cleary (Stutterer), featuring Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali who decides to clone himself in the hope of protecting his family when he’s gone; Graham Cantwell’s Who We Love, an LGBTQ+ coming-of-age drama that is funny and uplifting despite Lily having to navigate tough terrain starring Amy-Joyce Hastings and Dean Quinn; and Kate Dolan’s debut feature You Are Not My Mother, an Irish Folk-Horror following Char (Hazel Doupe) after her mother Angela (Carolyn Bracken) briefly goes missing, only to return with a radically changed personality.

    The Best Drama Nominees 2021

    The Best Drama Nominees are Hidden Assets in which a routine raid by the Irish Criminal Assets Bureau in Limerick turns up diamonds that are linked to a series of bombings in Belgium; Kin the story of a fictional Dublin family embroiled in gangland war and their secret weapon: The unbreakable bonds of blood and family; Smother whose second season continues the gripping tale of the Ahern family as they deal with an unwelcome visitor whose arrival in Lahinch shakes things up once again; and Vikings: Valhalla which picks up a  hundred years after the hit series Vikings and follows a new generation of legendary heroes arising to forge their own destiny — and make history.

    Lead Acting Categories

    Across the Acting categories Irish Actresses have once again excelled in film and drama both at home and abroad. The Best Actress Film nominees feature Angeline Ball  for her role as the matriarch to Deadly Cuts’ vigilante hair-stylists, newcomer Catherine Clinch in her breakout debut role as the titular ‘Quiet Girl’ in An Cailín Ciúin,  Gemma-Leah Devereux for her courageous performance as a misanthropic stand-up whose life changes when she is diagnosed with breast cancer in The Bright Side; Hazel Doupe as the young girl Char whose missing mother returns drastically changed in the terrifying You Are Not My Mother; and Niamh Algar, who plays a film censor working during the ‘Vidoeo-Nasty’ scare of the 80’s whose life becomes a real horror film in Censor

    The Best Actress Drama category, meanwhile, sees Angeline Ball nominated for her role as a detective in the Irish Criminal Assets Bureau in Hidden Assets; Clare Dunne as Amanda Kinsella, the steely cartel queen in Kin; Last year’s IFTA-winning Lead Actress in a Drama, Dervla Kirwan, who reprises her role in season 2 of  Smother; Niamh Algar who plays an undercover officer embroiled in a doomed ‘honeytrap’ operation in Channel 4’s Deceit; and Sinéad Keenan who plays the mother to a teenage daughter who she helps get a termination, leaving her to face the consequences of the law in Northern Ireland in Three Families..

    Irish Actors too have reached audiences the world over with their leading roles in film and television. The Best Actor Film Category sees Redemption of a Rogue’s Aaron Monaghan who plays Jimmy as he seeks redemption after returning to his hometown in the Cavan-set black comedy; Dónall Ó Héalai who plays naïve recluse John Cunliffe who is suddenly propelled into manhood at 28 in Irish-Language Feature Foscadh which was Ireland’s entry for the Oscars’ International Feature Category; newcomer Jude Hill who was picked out of 300 hopefuls to play Buddy in Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast; and Moe Dunford whose performance in Nightride saw him deliver a powerful performance in a single 90-minute take while driving in Stephen Fingleton’s one-take crime thriller.

    Aidan Gillen and Sam Keeley are both nominated for their powerful performances in Kin where they play Frank Kinsella and Eric ‘Viking’ Kinsella respectively; Jimmy Nesbitt is nominated for his role as Detective Broome in the Global Netflix smash Stay Close; and Liam Cunningham for his role as Livius in Sky Atlantic’s Roman Epic Domina.

    Supporting Acting Categories

    The Supporting Actress Film Category sees Amy-Joyce Hastings nominated for her role as Oonagh  in the LGBTQ Drama Who We Love, which she reprises from the IFTA-nominated short film Lily; Caitríona Balfe for her standout role as a mother struggling to negotiate the politics of late 60’s Belfast; Carrie Crowley who plays Eibhlín Cinnsealach, foster-parent to Catherine Clinch’s Cáit in An Cailín Ciúin; Jessie Buckley for her role in  The Lost Daughter  where she plays the past version of Olivia Colman’s Led; and Ruth Negga for her role as Clare, a fair-skinned Black woman who moves through life as a white woman, in Passing

    In the Supporting Actress Drama Category Hidden Assets stars Cathy Belton and Simone Kirby are nominated for their roles as forensic accountant Norah Dillon and wealthy business woman Bibi Melnick respectively; Justine Mitchell for reprising her role as Elaine Lynch in RTE’s hit thriller Smother; Lola Petticrew for her role as Orla who is faced with legal repercussions following an abortion in Northern Ireland; and Maria Doyle Kennedy who plays Bridget ‘Bridy’ Collins the Kinsella Crime Cartel’s “defacto mam” in Kin.

    In the Supporting Actor Film Category both Ciarán Hinds and Jamie Dornan are nominated for their Father and Son roles in Belfast; Cillian O’Gairbhí for his role as the troublesome Dave in Foscadh; Dean Quinn  for his funny and moving performance as Lily’s best Friend Simon in Who We Love; And Tom Vaughan-Lawlor for his sensitive portrayal of a grieving pharmacist / fly-fishing advocate in The Bright Side.

    The Supporting Actor Drama Category sees IFTA-Winner Andrew Scott nominated for his role as Lord Merlin in BBC’s hit series The Pursuit of LoveCiarán Hinds and Emmett J Scanlan for their respective roles  as Eamon Cunningham and Jimmy Kinsella in Kin;  Owen McDonnell for his role as step-father Mark in Three Families; and Peter Coonan for his role as Fionn Brannigan in Hidden Assets.

    George Morrison Feature Documentary Award

    The nominees for the George Morrison Feature Documentary Awards are Castro’s Spies  which tells the incredible story of an elite group of Cuban spies sent undercover to the US in the 1990s; Love Yourself Today which centres around the music of Irish singer songwriter Damien Dempsey and his fans in  an emotive celebration of modern spirituality and the power of music to heal; Lyra an emotive, intimate portrait of the life and death of Belfast journalist Lyra Mckee; Pure Grit which is both a thrilling tale of extreme bareback horse racing, and an intimate love story, chronicling three years in the life of a young Native American racer; The Dance about the creation, rehearsal and debut of Michael Keegan-Dolan's Mám; and Young Plato which charts the dream of a Headmaster his dedicated, visionary team illustrating how critical thinking and pastoral care can empower & encourage children to see beyond the limitations of their own community.


    Top Numbers  -  In FILM Categories:


    Belfast received 10 nominations

    An Cailín Ciúin received 10 nominations

    Who We Love  received 6 Nominations

    Swan Song received 6 Nominations

    You are Not My Mother  received 6 Nominations 

    Deadly Cuts  received 5 Nominations

    4 of the 6 Best Films nominated are debut Feature Films – with An Cailín Ciúin, Deadly Cuts, Swan Song, and You are Not My Mother all marking the directorial debut as Writer & Director from these talented new feature-filmmakers. 


    Top Numbers  -  In DRAMA Categories:

    Kin  has received 13 Nominations

    Vikings:Valhalla received 7 Nominations

    Hidden Assets received 7 Nominations

    Smother has 6 Nominations

    Three Families has 3 Nominations

    In lead actor there are 2 nominations for Irish Speaking Roles with both Dónall Ó Héalai and Peter Coonan nominated for their roles in Foscadh and Doineann respectively. Coonan has also received 2 nominations himself, for Doineann  in film and for Hidden Assets in drama, as does Ciarán Hinds for Kin and Belfast, while Angeline Ball also has 2 nominations for her roles in the film Deadly Cuts and drama Hidden Assets, and Niamh Algar for both the horror film Censor and drama series Deceit. 


    The 2022 IFTA Awards

    This year, as we move out of restrictions and hopefully leave the Pandemic behind us, the Irish Academy will host both virtual & physical events.  A Virtual Awards event in March which will be followed by a Physical industry gathering in April, for the presentation of Awards in Dublin.

    The Virtual IFTA Awards show will be hosted by the talented Actress & Comedian Deirdre O’Kane and will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Saturday, March 12th.  Deirdre will host a line-up of international Stars joining in to celebrate the exceptional Irish talent being recognised and to introduce the Nominees, films & dramas on the night.  Further details about the show and guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

    The Academy will shortly announce details of the upcoming Physical Event taking place in April in Dublin, to celebrate the industry along with the Awards presentations, the venue, the guests and more.

    The IFTA Awards is funded by Screen Ireland, and also supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and Tourism Ireland.

    For further information, images and clips or for interview requests with the Winners please contact Jason at press@ifta.ie

    Telephone:  +35319053599










    An Cailín Ciúin


    Deadly Cuts

    Swan Song

    Who We Love

    You Are Not My Mother



    Benjamin Cleary - Swan Song

    Colm Bairéad - An Cailín Ciúin

    Graham Cantwell - Who We Love

    Kate Dolan  - You Are Not My Mother

    Kenneth Branagh - Belfast



    Kenneth Branagh - Belfast

    Philip Doherty - Redemption of a Rogue

    Benjamin Cleary - Swan Song

    Graham Cantwell & Katie McNeice - Who We Love

    Kate Dolan - You Are Not My Mother



    Aaron Monaghan - Redemption of a Rogue

    Dónall Ó Héalai - Foscadh

    Jude Hill - Belfast

    Moe Dunford - Nightride

    Peter Coonan - Doineann



    Angeline Ball - Deadly Cuts

    Catherine Clinch - An Cailín Ciúin

    Gemma-Leah Devereux - The Bright Side

    Hazel Doupe - You Are Not My Mother

    Niamh Algar - Censor



    Ciarán Hinds - Belfast

    Cillian O Gairbhí - Foscadh

    Dean Quinn - Who We Love

    Jamie Dornan - Belfast

    Tom Vaughan-Lawlor - The Bright Side



    Amy-Joyce Hastings - Who We Love

    Caitríona Balfe - Belfast

    Carrie Crowley - An Cailín Ciúin

    Jessie Buckley - The Lost Daughter

    Ruth Negga - Passing



    Castro's Spies

    Love Yourself Today


    Pure Grit

    The Dance

    Young Plato



    A White Horse

    Best Foot Forward



    Nothing to Declare


    Ship of Souls


    The Colour Between

    The Passion




    Da Humbug

    Fall of the Ibis King

    Memento Mori






    Hidden Assets



    Vikings Valhalla



    Ciaran Donnelly - The Wheel of Time

    Dathaí Keane - Smother

    Diarmuid Goggins - Kin

    Hannah Quinn - Vikings: Valhalla

    Lisa Mulcahy - Ridley Road



    Declan Croghan - Vikings: Valhalla

    Kate O'Riordan - Smother

    Morna Regan - Hidden Assets

    Peter McKenna - Hidden Assets

    Peter McKenna - Kin




    Aidan Gillen  - Kin

    Jimmy Nesbitt - Stay Close

    Liam Cunningham - Domina

    Sam Keeley -  Kin



    Angeline Ball  - Hidden Assets

    Clare Dunne - Kin

    Dervla Kirwan - Smother

    Niamh Algar -  Deceit                                          

    Sinead Keenan -  Three Families



    Andrew Scott - The Pursuit of Love

    Ciaran Hinds - Kin

    Emmett J Scanlan -  Kin

    Owen McDonnell - Three Families

    Peter Coonan - Hidden Assets



    Cathy Belton - Hidden Assets

    Justine Mitchell -  Smother

    Lola Petticrew - Three Families

    Maria Doyle Kennedy - Kin

    Simone Kirby  - Hidden Assets








    Burschi Wojnar - Redemption of a Rogue

    James Mather - Kin

    Kate McCullough - An Cailín Ciúin

    Narayan Van Maele - You Are Not My Mother

    Peter Robertson - Vikings: Valhalla



    Dermot Diskin - Kin

    John Murphy - An Cailín Ciúin

    Nathan Nugent - Swan Song

    Tony Cranstoun - Zone 414

    Úna Ní Dhonghaíle - Belfast



    Derek Wallace - Kin

    Emma Lowney - An Cailín Ciúin

    Joe Fallover - Wolf

    Tamara Conboy - Deadly Cuts

    Tom Conroy - Vikings: Valhalla




    Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh - Foundation

    Kathy Strachan - Deadly Cuts

    Louise Stanton - An Cailín Ciúin

    Susan O'Connor Cave - Vikings: Valhalla

    Susan Scott - Zone 414 



    Sian Wilson - Belfast

    Lyndsey Herron & Edwina Kelly - Deadly Cuts

    Linda Gannon &Clare Lambe - Foundation

    Eileen Buggy, Audrey Doyle, & Barrie Gower - The Green Knight

    Dee Corcoran, Joe Whelan, &Thomas McInerney - Vikings: Valhalla



    Aza Hand & Alan Scully -  Boys From County Hell

    John "Bob" Brennan, Fionan Higgins, Nikki Moss, Mark Henry, &

    Andrew Kirwan - Smother

    Karl Merren & Johnny Marshall - The Green Knight

    Steve Fanagan - Swan Song

    Steve Fanagan, John "Bob" Brennan, & Brendan Rehill - An Cailín Ciúin



    David Holmes - Kin

    Die Hexen - You Are Not My Mother

    Joseph Conlan - Who We Love

    Stephen Rennicks - An Cailín Ciúin

    Van Morrison - Belfast



    Ed Bruce & Andrew Barry - Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Ed Bruce & Andrew Barry - The Nevers

    Ed Bruce & Manuel Martinez - Swan Song

    Ed Bruce & Sam Johnston - The Book of Boba Fett

    Kevin Cahill & Eric Saindon - The Green Knight