Four Irish stars have hopes of BAFTA glory this weekend

NOT one but four Irish stars will be hoping for BAFTA glory tomorrow night as the UK awards get underway.

aitriona Balfe, Jessie Buckley, Ciarán Hinds and Ruth Negga are among the nominees for this year’s film awards. And for Hinds and Buckley, there are high hopes that the BAFTAs will translate into Oscars, both of which have already received a nod from the Academy.

Balfe, Buckley and Negga were respectively nominated for BAFTAs in the Best Supporting Actress category for their performances in Belfast, The Lost Daughter and Passing, while Balfe’s Belfast co-star Ciarán Hinds received nominations. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Based on the true story of Kenneth Branagh’s childhood in Troubles, Belfast has received six nominations, with writer-director Branagh and editor Úna Ní Dhonghaíle also shortlisted.

And for the Feis Maitiú community, the Music and Drama Festival is held every year at Father Mathew Hall, in the heart of Cork City, where Killarney-born Jessie Buckley cut her teeth as a performer – it is a particularly exciting moment for those who have followed her since the beginning of her career.

“We are so excited for her,” said festival director Timothy McCarthy. “There was a lot of excitement and joy when her name was called. She is a great inspiration for our young artists. ”

With the feis now underway for the first time in two years due to the pandemic, there’s a lot of activity around Buckley’s old stage – but when the BAFTAs air tomorrow night, all rehearsals will be on hold. , with her supporters. give her all the way.

Upon receiving the nomination, Jessie Buckley said: “Making this film surrounded by these incredible women was an absolute gift. I am so grateful for every second of it and Bafta for this recognition of The Lost Daughter.”

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Meanwhile, Monaghan-born star Caitriona Balfe revealed that she never expected Belfast to become such a popular hit.

“We made this beautiful little movie between the two lockdowns in the summer of 2020 – we think of it like the Halcyon days of summer, you know, it’s really a magical experience, ” she said.

But we think, this is just a small movie, a very personal story of Ken. Maybe in the UK and Ireland it will connect with people.

“But the fact that it’s reached beyond the world and so many people relate to it and connect with it and appreciate it is quite impressive.

Her Belfast co-star Ciarán Hinds said: “I’m quietly touched and truly grateful, not only for my nomination, but for all the nominations the film has received from Bafta.”

Meanwhile, Ruth Negga last week took home the Independent Spirit Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Rebecca Hall’s drama, Passing, which examines racism in Harlem in the 1920s.

“My cheeks hurt because I couldn’t stop laughing,” the Ethiopian-Irish actor said of his win, after controversially missing out on an Oscar nomination last month. Four Irish stars have hopes of BAFTA glory this weekend

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