The IFB Congratulates the 2018 Irish Academy Awards® Nominees

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The IFB Congratulates the 2018 Irish Academy Awards® Nominees

Posted: 5th March 2018

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) congratulates all the Irish nominees at last night's Academy Awards® including Nora Twomey's The Breadwinner, which was nominated for Best Animated Feature. This marks the third Oscar nomination for Kilkenny's Cartoon Saloon, with the Irish animation company previously nominated in the same category with The Secret of Kells (2010) and Song of the Sea (2015).

The IFB also congratulates Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, who was nominated for her third Oscar last night, this time for her critically acclaimed turn in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, having previously been nominated in the same category for Brooklyn (2016) and receiving a Best Supporting Actress nod in 2008 for Atonement. We also extend our congratulations to Martin McDonagh who received a Best Original Screenplay nomination, as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri received a plethora of nominations including Best Picture. Daniel Day-Lewis was nominated for Best Actor for Phantom Thread, while Irish costume designer, Consolata Boyle was also nominated for Costume Design for Victoria and Abdul, marking Boyle third Oscar nomination following last year's nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins and 2007's nomination for The Queen.

The IFB is incredibly proud of all the Irish talent included and recognised as part of last night's ceremony, as the increasingly consistent presence of Irish film and Irish talent at the Academy Awards® is a testament to the enduring strength and creativity of our thriving industry. 

About The Breadwinner
The Breadwinner, which received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September, is adapted from the children’s novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis and tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who gives up her identity to provide for her family and to try to save her father’s life. A story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, The Breadwinner also celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan with a cast that includes many performers of Afghan descent.

The film features the voice talents of Saara Chaudry (Max & Shred) in the role of Parvana, Soma Bhatia (Degrassi: Next Class) as Shauzia, Laara Sadiq (Remedy) as Parvana's mother Fattema, Ali Badshah (The Cat In The Hat) as Parvana's father Nurullah, Shaista Latif (This is the Life) as Parvana's sister Soraya, and Kawa Ada (Jihad Gigilo) as Razaq.

The film is produced by Paul Young of Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon (Song of the SeaThe Secret of Kells) alongside Canada's Aircraft Pictures, and Luxembourg's Melusine Productions and Angelina Jolie serves as the title’s executive producer. The Breadwinner was developed with support from Telefilm Canada, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, the Film Fund Luxembourg, Corus Entertainment, the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Belinda Stronach Foundation.