Irish Films Nominated for Academy Awards!

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How It’s New York:  “Pentecost” was shown at the New York Irish Center in Queens this past summer, and appeared in the Tribeca International Film Festival this past year.
How It’s Irish:  The films are Irish Film Industry and IFB Funded, shot on location in Ireland, and use some Irish cast and crew.

Congratulations to Albert Nobbs and the short film “Pentecost” for garnering Oscar nominees!

So, will you be watching February 26 on ABC?   Full list of nominees is here!

“Pentecost,” which was shown at the New York Irish Center in Queens before My Left Foot in their first movie night this past summer, was directed by Peter McDonald and produced by Eimear O’Kane.It tells the story of an altar boy banned from football, at least temporarily (my favorite scene had the priest coaching his team backstage).  It stars Andrew Bennett, Michael McElhatton and Don Wycherley.  

Albert Nobbs has received nominations for Best Actress (Glenn Close), Best Supporting Actress (Janet McTeer) and Best Make Up (Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle).    The film was shot on location in Ireland.  Close plays a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th Century Ireland.  Brendan Gleeson, of The Guard, also stars.

From the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board (IFB) site:
 

Alan Moloney, ALBERT NOBBS producer said “We are delighted to have three Oscar nominations for our film Albert Nobbs which is an Irish story completely filmed on location in Ireland with the support of the Irish Film Board. Getting this film produced meant a lot to Glenn Close and she means a lot to us.”

Peter McDonald said “I’m really proud of PENTECOST and everyone’s work on it. It is an Irish story produced by a full Irish cast and crew with funding from the Irish Film Board. The film I had in my head is the film that I made and I know from my experience as an actor that doesn’t happen unless you have a talented cast and crew to help you achieve this. I hope that the nomination will create new opportunities for all involved. It is great that the film has connected at such a universal level.”

Irish short filmmakers have received huge profile at the Oscars in recent years.  Martin McDonagh’s SIX SHOOTER took home the award for Best Live Action Short, and McDonagh went on to direct the successful feature film ‘In Bruges’. GRANNY O’GRIMM’S SLEEPING BEAUTY, written by Kathleen O’Rourke and directed by Nicky Phelan, Cathal Gaffney’s GIVE UP YER AUL SINS, Juanita Wilson’s THE DOOR, Steff Green’s NEW BOY, Michael Creagh’s THE CRUSH and Ruairí Robinson’s FIFTY PERCENT GREY have all received Oscar nominations.

Following on from her Golden Globe nomination earlier this month Glenn Close has picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role in ALBERT NOBBS and is up against Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams. Actress Janet McTeer (Into The Storm, Tumbleweeds) has been nominated in the Best Supporting Female category for her role as Hubert in the film while Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle have been nominated in the Best Make Up category for their work on the film.

The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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