The 90th Academy Awards airs tonight, and this year there are five Irish nominees to watch.
Saoirse Ronan, on her third Oscar nomination at just 23, is up for Best Actress in Leading Role for her performance in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. Ronan, who won a Golden Globe for the role earlier this year, faces competition from Sally Hawking in The Shape of Water, Margot Robbie in I, Tonya, Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,and Meryl Streep in The Post.
London-Irish writer/director Martin McDonagh has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Three Billboards. The film has also picked up a nomination of Best Picture. McDonagh won an Oscar in 2005 in the Best Live Action Short Film category for Six Shooter and was nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category in 2009 for In Bruges. This year, he will compete with Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor for The Shape Of Water, Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, Jordan Peele for Get Out, and Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani for The Big Sick.
Triple Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis has been nominated for Best Leading Actor for his role in Phantom Thread. Denzel Washington for Roman J. Israel, Esq., Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour, Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out, and Timothée Chalamet for Call Me by Your Name have also been nominated in this year’s Best Leading Actor category.
Irish costume designer Consolata Boyle picked up her third Oscar nomination for her work on Victoria & Abdul. She was previously nominated in 2006 for The Queen and in 2016 for Florence Foster Jenkins. Beauty and the Beast, Darkest Hours, Phantom Thread and The Shape of Water have also been nominated for Costume Design.
Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon also picked up their third nomination for The Breadwinner directed by Nora Twomey. Cartoon Saloon has previously received nominations for The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. Tother nominees in the animated feature category include Coco, Loving Vincent, Ferdinand, and The Boss Baby.
When the nominations were announced in January, Irish President Michael D Higgins said: "The inclusion of Saoirse Ronan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin McDonagh, Consolata Boyle and the Cartoon Saloon in a large number of different award categories demonstrates the vitality, depth and diversity of the creative genius available to the Irish film industry.
"We can all be proud of the achievements of the Irish film community, as it cements Ireland’s international reputation as a country of creativity, imagination and skills.
"With the appropriate care and investment, nurturing creativity and original thinking in all aspects of society, the arts will continue to enrich our lives, not only by creating beauty, but also by promoting insights and debate as well as by creating highly skilled jobs."