The IFTA 2018 nominees we are excited for

Maudie, Game of Thrones and Vikings top the list of IFTA Film & Drama Award nominees as are some of our favourite and emerging talents. Here's what you need to know (and watch!) before the ceremony

  • Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

Maudie, the moving film starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke directed by Aisling Walsh is in the running for six IFTA Award nominations, as is Irish drama Vikings.

Fans of Peaky Blinders and Game of Thrones will be unsurprised to hear the addictive shows have each earned 5 nominations, with new show Paula, starring Denise Gough, up for four.

The awards, which takes place on 15 February, is a celebration of the Irish film and television industry, as host Deirdre O'Kane explained, and the list of nominees recognises not only the fantastic talent working in Ireland now but also those with their hands in projects further afield.

Toast of Hollywood Saoirse Ronan is nominated for her role in Lady Bird, alongside Sarah Bolger and Ann Skelly. The Drama category sees Peaky Blinders' Cillian Murphy and Mr Mercedes' Brendan Gleeson nominated.

And Natalie Portman can stand down, as two female directors are up for awards. Aisling Walsh is nominated for Maudie, up against Frank Berry, John Butler, Martin McDonagh and Mark O'Connor. Dearbhla Walsh is nominated for her work on the drama Fargo, alongside Peaky Blinder's David Caffrey, Rob Quinn and Steve Saint Leger.

Check out the rest of the nominees below.


Feature film

Cardboard Gangsters

Handsome Devil

The Killing of a Sacred Deer


Michael Inside

Song of Granite


Frank Berry, Michael Inside

John Butler, Handsome Devil

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Mark O'Connor, Cardboard Gangsters

Aisling Walsh, Maudie


Frank Berry, Michael Inside

Stephen Burke, Maze

John Butler, Handsome Devil

Nick Kelly, The Drummer and The Keeper

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Actor in a leading role

John Connors, Cardboard Gangsters

Colin Farrell, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Dafhyd Flynn, Michael Inside

Fionn O'Shea, Handsome Devil

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Maze

Actress in a leading role

Sarah Bolger, Halal Daddy

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Ann Skelly, Kissing Candice

Actor in a supporting role

Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Jacob McCarthy, The Drummer and The Keeper

Andrew Scott, Handsome Devil

Fionn Walton, Cardboard Gangsters

Barry Ward, Maze

Actress in a supporting role

Niamh Algar, The Drummer and The Keeper

Sarah Carroll, The Limit Of

Deirdre O'Kane, Halal Daddy

Victoria Smurfit, The Lears

Fionna Hewitt Twamley, Cardboard Gangsters

George Morrison feature documentary

The 34th

A Cambodian Spring

The Farthest

No Stone Unturned

The Silver Branch

Short Film Live Action

Cry Rosa

For You

The Secret Market

The Tattoo

Time Traveller


Animated Short Film

An Béal Bocht

Angela’s Christmas


Late Afternoon

International film


Lady Bird

Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

International actor

Timothee Chamelet, Call Me By Your Name

Ethan Hawke, Maudie

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

International actress

Sally Hawkins, Maudie

Sally Hawkins, Shape of Water

Nicole Kidman, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri



Acceptable Risk

Game of Thrones

Line of Duty


Striking Out



David Caffrey, Peaky Blinders

Rob Quinn, Ackley Bridge

Steve Saint Leger, Vikings

Dearbhla Walsh, Fargo


Ronan Bennett, Gunpowder

Malcolm Campbell, Ackley Bridge

Conor McPherson, Paula

Antoine O'Flatharta, Grace Harte

Actor in a leading role

Richard Dormer. Rellik

Adrian Dunbar, Line Of Duty

Brendan Gleeson, Mr Mercedes

Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders

Chris O'Dowd, Get Shorty

Actress in a leading role

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Elaine Cassidy, Acceptable Risk

Denise Gough, Paula

Amy Huberman, Striking Out

Ruth Negga, Preacher

Actor in a supporting role

Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones

Moe Dunford, Vikings

Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones

Owen McDonnell, Paula

Jason O'Mara, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Actress in a supporting role

Angeline Ball, Acceptable Risk

Eva Birthistle, The Last Kingdom

Jessie Buckley, Taboo

Charlie Murphy, Peaky Blinders

Genevieve O’Reilly, Tin Star



Tom Comerford, Pilgrimage

Richard Kendrick, Song of Granite

Seamus McGarvey, The Greatest Showman

Cathal Watters, Peaky Blinders

Costume design

Consolata Boyle, Victoria and Abdul

Sarajane Ffrench O'Carroll, The Lodgers

Susan O'Connor Cave, Vikings

Leonie Prendergast, Pilgrimage


Tony Cranstoun, The Farthest

Dermot Diskin, Peaky Blinders

Uná Ní Dhonghaíle, Three Girls

Tadhg O'Sullivan, Song of Granite

Make-up and hair

Julie-Ann Ryan and Niamh Glynn, The Cured

Clare Lambe and Sevlene Roddy, Into the Badlands

Lorraine Glynn and Sonya Dolan, The Man Who Invented Christmas

Dee Corcoran and Tom McInerney, Vikings

Original music

Ray Harman, The Farthest

Stephen McKeon, Pilgrimage

Stephen Rennicks, Maze

John Gerard Walsh, The Drummer and The Keeper

Production design

Stephen Daly, Into the Badlands

Joe Fallover, The Lodgers

Mark Geraghty, Vikings

John Hand, Maudie


Steve Fanagan and Kieran Horgan, The Farthest

Ronan Hill, Onnalee Blank and Mathew Waters, Game of Thrones

Karl Merren and Brendan Deasy, Into the Badlands

Marco Dolle, Steve Munro and Garret Farrell, Maudie


Tim Chauncey, The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King

Ian Benjamin Kenny and Enda O'Connor, The Farthest

Ed Bruce and Nicholas Murphy, Screenscene, Game of Thrones

Tailored Films and Bowsie Workshop, The Lodgers