Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Irish Nominated For Emmys

The Irish film industry has received much international acclaim this week with a total of eight Primetime American Emmy Award nominations given to ten members of the Irish film industry. Teresa McGrane, Deputy Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann said “The international recognition that the Irish film industry has received is testament to the high levels of talent working currently in the Irish film industry. Irish directors, actors, writers and film crew are a great asset to Ireland, and these nominations and festival selections will ensure that we retain our international reputation for creativity and innovation.”

The nominations are for Irish Actors Gabriel Byrne and Brendan Gleeson in the Best Actor categories. The award winning actor Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter, In Bruges) has received his first Emmy nomination for his performance as Winston Churchill in ‘Into the Storm’ in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries Or A Movie category. ‘In Treatment’ star Gabriel Byrne (Jindabyne, Vanity Fair) has received a nomination for the second year running and picked up a Golden Globe award last year for his performance in the series.

The Tudors, which has filmed on location in Ireland for the last three years and is currently filming the fourth series on location in Ardmore Studios, received five nominations. Those nominated include Production Designer Tom Conroy, multi Emmy winner Costume Designer Joan Bergin and Wardrobe Supervisor Susan O'Connor Cave for Costume Design, casting directors Frank and Nuala Moiselle and Head Hairstylist Dee Corcoran. This is the third year running that Irish crew on The Tudors have been Emmy nominated for their work.

Two out of the six nominations in the Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special category were for Irish directors. Dearbhla Walsh and Thaddeus O’Sullivan received nominations for their work the BBC drama ‘Little Dorrit’ and on the HBO drama ‘Into the Storm’, which followed the post-war life of Winston Churchill. Both ‘Little Dorrit’ and ‘Into the Storm’ are in the running for top awards on the night. Walsh is currently directing episodes of The Tudors for the third year running.

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