Normal People and the movies Wolfwalkers and Dating Amber are among the nominees for this year's Irish Film and Television Academy Awards.

It was the drama everyone watched during lockdown so there is no surprise that Normal People tops the list of IFTA nominations with 15 in all, including Best Actor for Paul Mescal - who recently won a BAFTA for the same role - Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson and Best Drama.

Abrahamson commented: "It's wonderful to see our extraordinarily talented cast and crew recognised by their peers in the Irish film industry with so many IFTA nominations.

"It’s a testament to everyone who worked on the show. I’m deeply grateful to them all for helping us bring Sally’s (Rooney) brilliant novel to the screen."

Lenny Abrahamson says IFTA nominations are "wonderful"

Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe from the Irish production company Element Pictures, who were also behind the drama Herself and documentary Breaking Out, said in a statement: "We are very grateful to IFTA for recognizing the incredible talent we have been so lucky to work with across two productions we are so proud of – Normal People and Herself.

"We are also delighted with the nomination for the wonderful documentary, Breaking Out, distributed by Element Pictures."

RTÉ drama Smother received 11 nominations while Dead Still picked up six.

In the Best Film category, the coming-of-age comedy Dating Amber received eight nominations, including Best Film and Best Actor for Fionn O'Shea; and Herself received six, including both Best Actress for Clare Dunne and Best Script for Clare Dunne and her co-writer, Malcolm Campbell.

Dunne told RTÉ that she was thrilled to be nominated. She said: "I jumped around the kitchen at first - I'm so delighted."

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She continued: "For myself and the other people that have been nominated to do with this film, I'm thrilled for all of us.

"With a story like Herself, there are difficult themes in it about the housing crisis and about domestic violence, but there's also great hope, love and connection. It's all about community."

Lola Petticrew and Fionn O'Shea in Dating Amber

The Oscar-nominated animated adventure Wolfwalkers is also up for Best Film.

Speaking about her Supporting Actress Drama nomination on RTÉ One's Morning Ireland Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan said: "Lovely news to wake up to. I mean it's amazing. It means so much to be recognised by the people from home. That's so important. It's a massive honour."

IFTA CEO Áine Moriarty said we can expect "lots of surprises which will announce next week". She added that the awards is all "about supporting Irish films and promoting the fact that this industry is growing".

Herself (Clare Dunne, front) has received six nominations

"There's great filming going on in Ireland at the moment - Disenchanted, Epic, and Cocaine Bear is filming next August as well.

"This industry is growing and it's bringing so much into the economy. So, hopefully, everyone's back in production and the cinemas are opening and a lot of light at the end of the tunnel, which is a fantastic thing for all of us here in Ireland."

In all, there are 25 categories in this year's IFTA Film and Drama Awards and the winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on Sunday 4 July.


Additional reporting: Harry Guerin and Sarah McIntyre

The nominees in full:

Film Categories

Best Film
Broken Law
Dating Amber

Broken Law

Director Film
Cathy Brady - Wildfire
David Freyne - Dating Amber
Lorcan Finnegan - Vivarium
Paddy Slattery - Broken Law
Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart - Wolfwalkers

Script Film
Cathy Brady - Wildfire
Clare Dunne & Malcolm Campbell - Herself
David Freyne - Dating Amber
Paddy Slattery - Broken Law
Will Collins - Wolfwalkers

The Man in the Hat

Lead Actor Film
Ciarán Hinds - The Man in the Hat
Fionn O'Shea - Dating Amber
Gabriel Byrne - Death of a Ladies Man
Moe Dunford - Knuckledust
Tristan Heanue - Broken Law

Lead Actress Film
Clare Dunne - Herself
Jessie Buckley - I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Lola Petticrew - Dating Amber
Nika McGuigan - Wildfire
Nora-Jane Noone - Wildfire


Supporting Actor Film
Barry Ward - Dating Amber
Brian Gleeson - Death of a Ladies Man
Colm Meaney - Pixie
Conleth Hill - Herself
Ned Dennehy - Undergods

Supporting Actress Film
Ally Ní Chiaráin - Broken Law
Kathy Kiera Clarke - A Bend in the River
Molly McCann - Herself
Saoirse Ronan - Ammonite
Sharon Horgan - Dating Amber

Drama Categories

Best Drama
Blood Season 2
Dead Still
Line of Duty Season 6
Normal People
Vikings Season 6

Line of Duty

Director Drama
Dathaí Keane - Smother
Dearbhla Walsh - Fargo
Imogen Murphy - Dead Still
Lenny Abrahamson - Normal People
Steve St. Leger - Vikings Season 6

Script Drama
Declan Lawn & Adam Patterson - The Salisbury Poisonings
John Morton - Dead Still
Kate O'Riordan - Smother
Lisa McGee - The Deceived
Sally Rooney - Normal People

The Comey Rule

Lead Actor Drama
Adrian Dunbar - Line of Duty Season 6
Brendan Gleeson - The Comey Rule
James Nesbitt - Bloodlands
Michael Smiley - Dead Still
Paul Mescal - Normal People

Lead Actress Drama
Aisling Franciosi - Black Narcissus
Catherine Walker - The Deceived
Dervla Kirwan - Smother
Eve Hewson - Behind Her Eyes
Niamh Algar - Raised by Wolves


Supporting Actor Drama
Andrew Scott - His Dark Materials
Colm Meaney - Gangs of London
Desmond Eastwood - Normal People
Éanna Hardwicke - Smother
Fionn O'Shea - Normal People

Supporting Actress Drama
Fiona Shaw - Killing Eve
Gemma-Leah Devereux - Smother
Nicola Coughlan - Bridgerton
Sarah Greene - Normal People
Seána Kerslake - Smother

Documentary & Short Film Categories

Feature Documentary
Breaking Out
Finding Jack Charlton
Henry Glassie: Field Work
Phil Lynott: Songs for While I'm Away
The 8th
Tomorrow is Saturday

The 8th

Short Film
Five Letters to the Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain
Kathleen Was Here
My Other Suit Is Human
The Invisible Boy

Short Animation
Gunter Falls in Love
Her Song
The Dead Hands of Dublin
The Voyage
Zog and the Flying Doctors

Craft Categories

Cathal Watters - Smother
Ciarán Tanham - Dead Still
James Mather - Here are the Young Men
Kate McCullough - Normal People
Suzie Lavelle - Normal People

Dead Still

Aisling Wallace Byrne - Here are the Young Men
Joan O'Clery - Dating Amber
Leonie Prendergast - Gretel & Hansel
Lorna Marie Mugan - Normal People
Triona Lillis - Smother

Colin Campbell - Here are the Young Men
Gráinne Gavigan - Dead Still
Nathan Nugent - Normal People
Tony Cranstoun - Vivarium
Úna Ní Dhonghaíle - Misbehaviour

Production Design
John Leslie - Son
Lucy van Lonkhuyzen - Normal People
Philip Murphy - Vivarium
Ray Ball - Sea Fever
Tamara Conboy - Herself

Here are the Young Men

Aza Hand & Patrick Drummond - Son
Hugh Fox, Fionán Higgins & Mark Henry - Smother
Kieran Horgan & Brendan Rehill - Phil Lynott: Songs for While I'm Away
Patrick Drummond, Aza Hand, Katie O'Mahony & Adrian Conway - Here are the Young Men
Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady & Niall O'Sullivan - Normal People

Make Up & Hair
Jennie Readman & Niamh O'Loan - Vivarium
Linda Gannon Foster & Jennifer Hegarty - Dead Still
Linda Gannon Foster & Liz Byrne - Gretel & Hansel
Sandra Kelly & Sharon Doyle - Normal People
Siobhán Harper-Ryan - I Hate Suzie

Aza Hand - Son
Colm Mac Con Iomaire - A Bend in the River
John McPhillips - Smother
Ray Harman - Blood Season 2
Stephen Rennicks - Normal People

Ed Bruce & Jim O'Hagan - WandaVision
Ed Bruce & Robert Hartigan - Shadow and Bone
Ed Bruce & Robert Hartigan - Kidding