Calm with Horses' Irish stars Niamh Algar and Barry Keoghan and Cartoon Saloon's Wolfwalkers are among the British Academy Film Awards nominees hoping to win a prize on the second night of this year's virtual ceremony.

Algar and Keoghan are nominated in the Best Supporting Actress and Actor categories, for their performances in the Galway and Clare filmed crime-thriller made by Element Pictures.

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Wolfwalkers, from Kilkenny's Cartoon Saloon and Luxembourg's Melusine Productions, is shortlisted for Best Animated Film.

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Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and RTÉ all participated in its production.

When news of the nomination reached Wolfwalkers' Tomm Moore, who co-directed the animated adventure with fellow Kilkenny filmmaker Ross Stewart, in March he told RTÉ Entertainment: "I am surprised and delighted. I always feel it's amazing that we get nominated.

"We're coming out of nowhere; we're in the middle of Ireland, we made a movie for €10 million and we're up against these huge $100 million movies from Pixar, who have a massive legacy behind them."

"I just feel lucky to be in the final three," he added. "As Father Ted said, 'Second-best priest isn't bad'." 

Calm with Horses is also shortlisted for Outstanding British Film and Best Casting.

Adapted from a story in Irish author Colin Barrett's Young Skins collection, Calm with Horses included Dublin company Element Pictures among its producers.

It was developed and co-financed by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland in association with the UK's Film4. The Western Region Audiovisual Producers' Fund was also involved in the making of the acclaimed film.

Calm With Horses director and some cast members

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment, Calm with Horses' director Nick Rowland paid tribute to stars Algar and Keoghan for their performances in his feature debut.

"I'm just so delighted for Niamh and Barry because it's such a strong group of films and it's been a tough year for everyone in the industry," he said.  

"Our film came out three or four days before we went into lockdown and there were points where I worried that we'd never find an audience, so to be here now receiving these four nominations is incredible and hopefully it means more people will see the film."

Rowland also praised their co-star Cosmo Jarvis, who missed out on a nomination. "He's such a big part of this film and these nominations as well," he added.

The nominees were announced by Irish star Aisling Bea and Enola Holmes' Susan Wokoma last March. Over 7,000 BAFTA members voted for this year's nominees.

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Nomadland and Rocks lead the nominations with seven nods each.

Last night, behind the camera categories, including casting and make-up, were announced with
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom winning two awards - costume design and hair and make-up, with Mank, Rocks, and Tenet also among the winners.

Actor, writer and director Noel Clarke was also recognised with the outstanding British contribution to cinema award, which he dedicated to "my young black boys and girls out there that never believed it could happen to them".

Presenters will attend London's Royal Albert Hall in person for the main event on Sunday.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of Bafta, withdrew from the ceremony on Saturday afternoon after his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh - Bafta's first president - died on Friday.

The Duke of Cambridge was due to feature on Saturday in a pre-recorded conversation with costume designer Jenny Beavan and make-up and hair designer Sharon Martin, talking about filming in lockdown and the craft of film-making.

On Sunday, he was to deliver a speech, via video, celebrating the resilience of the film industry over the past year.

The main show will be hosted by Dermot O'Leary and Edith Bowman, when the remaining 17 awards will be presented and director Ang Lee will be honoured with the Bafta Fellowship.

Presenters, including Hugh Grant, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Tom Hiddleston, will appear in person at London's Royal Albert Hall, while nominees will appear virtually.

Click here for the full list of nominees.

The BAFTAs will be on BBC One at 7.00pm on Sunday evening.