Academy Award Nominations
Reacting to the seven Academy Award® nominations for Irish Film Board funded films and nine nominations in total for Irish talent which were announced this afternoon, James Hickey, Chief Executive Bord Scannán hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said:
"What a triumph for Irish film. It's a staggering achievement for the Irish film industry to be recognised amongst the very best in the world. For two independent feature films developed and produced in Ireland to be recognised amongst the best eight films in the world is phenomenal. It's a day for the Irish film industry and the entire country to be very proud. It truly is a golden age for Irish film.
"Everyone who worked on ROOM and BROOKLYN, especially the entire teams at Element Pictures and Parallel Films should be very proud of this achievement. My deepest heartfelt congratulations to the new Academy Award® nominees Lenny Abrahamson, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Donoghue, Ed Guiney, Brie Larson, Nick Hornby, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Michael Fassbender and Benjamin Cleary."
Lenny Abrahamson was nominated as Best Director for Room while Room and Brooklyn were both nominated for Best Picture. Saoirse Ronan and Brie Larson were both nominated in the categories of Best Actress for their roles in Brooklyn and Room respectively. Emma Donoghue was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Room while Nick Hornby was nominated in the same category for Brooklyn.
Room was directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Element Pictures' Ed Guiney produced the film with David Gross. Executive producers are Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss and Jesse Shapira for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers. Room is an Element Pictures and No Trace Camping production, in association with Film4, Telefilm Canada, and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board. A24 distribute Room in the US, and Elevation Pictures is distributing the film in Canada. UTA handled the domestic sale of Room and FilmNation Entertainment handled international sales. Room will be on release in Irish cinemas in January 2016.
Room was the winner of the People's Choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015.
John Crowley's Brooklyn was produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey and executive produced by Alan Moloney. Production companies were Parallel Films, Finola Dwyer Productions, Wildgaze Films and Item 7. It was financed by the IFB, BAI, RTÉ, BBC, Telefilm, SODEC and the BFI. Brooklyn is currently on release in the UK and Ireland via Lionsgate. It is also on release in the US through Fox Searchlight. Brooklyn was acquired at the Sundance Film Festival by Fox Searchlight for all international territories. International sales were handled by Hanway.
The 88th Academy Awards ceremony will take place in Hollywood on February 28th.