Irish actors Ruth Negga, Colin Farrell and Caitriona Balfe have all been nominated for Golden Globe Awards, while John Carney's Sing Street has pulled off a surprise but welcome nomination for Best Movie in the Comedy or Musical category.

With her nomination on Monday, Negga has considerably boosted her Oscar chances after making the Best Actress (Drama) shortlist for her role in the movie Loving

Ruth Negga and Australian co-star Joel Edgerton have been nominated for their roles in Loving

Negga, who was born in Ethiopia but grew up in Limerick, already has a clutch of Best Actress nominations under her belt for Loving but this is the most high profile to date. She's won rave reviews for her performance since the movie's premiere at Cannes in May, where it competed for the Palme d'Or. 

Loving tells the true story of an illegal inter-racial marriage in the US state of Virginia in the 1950s and is due for release in Ireland in early February. Negga's co-star in the movie, Australian actor Joel Edgerton, was also nominated while the movie itself was shortlisted for the Best Film (Drama) Award.

It's a second Golden Globe nomination for Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell picked up a Best Actor nod in the Comedy or Musical category for his role in the surreal dark comedy The Lobster, which was filmed in Ireland. The Dubliner previously won a Golden Globe in the same category for his role in another dark comedy, In Bruges, back in 2009.

Farrell said he was both shocked and delighted at the nomination despite hearing the news at a very early hour of the morning.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has made being awoken by your publicist at 5am a really lovely thing! Best alarm call in the world to be told you've received a Golden Globe Nom.. [sic]

Ed Guiney from Dublin company Element Pictures, which produced The Lobster, congratulated Farrell on his nomination, saying it was "so richly deserved".

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Meanwhile, John Carney's crowd pleaser, Sing Street, has capped another remarkable year for Irish film after it was nominated for Best Movie in the Comedy or Musical section of the Globes.

Set in 1980s Dublin, Sing Street stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Aidan Gillen.

Sing Street is nominated for Best Movie (Comedy or Musical)

It tells the story of Conor, a pupil at a private school who is forced to relocate to a tough inner city public school when the recession hits his family.

There was further Irish success after Monaghan actress Caitriona Balfe picked up a nomination for Best Actress for a TV Drama for the second year in a row for her performance in Outlander.

Caitriona Balfe (or Bolfy if you prefer) makes it two in a row for Outlander

Her delight will no doubt overcome the fact that actress Anna Kendrick mangled her surname when announcing the nomination and referred to her as 'Caitriona Bolfy' (though it wasn't as bad as Dennis Quaid's butchering of Saoirse Ronan's name last year).

The chief executive of the Irish Film Board, James Hickey, extended his congratulations to all the Irish nominees and described their success as "an incredible achievement". Both Sing Street and The Lobster received backing from the Irish Film Board.

Sharon Horgan's HBO drama, Divorce, missed out in a Best TV Comedy nomination, however there was some consolation after the show's lead actress, Sarah Jessica Parker, picked up a nod.

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The musical La La Land leads the pack in this year's Golden Globe nominations, with seven nods in total, including Best Film (Comedy or Musical), Best Director and acting nominations for its two stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

The other highly nominated movies include gay coming-of-age drama Moonlight and the bereavement drama Manchester by the Sea, starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.

The Globes, which are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press, are considered a good indicator of Oscar success.

This year's show, which will be hosted by chat show presenter Jimmy Fallon, will take place on January 8.