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.

Both The Lobster and Sing Street were cofunded by the Irish Film Board.

“We are immensely proud of the teams behind Sing Street and The Lobster, which are amongst a number of Irish Film Board-funded films which have connected with audiences worldwide this year, showing the strength of Irish creativity.” said IFB chief executive James Hickey.

The news comes at the end of a year that began with a record number of Oscar nominations for Irish film and talent. The Lobster may be a little too recherché for Oscar tastes. But Sing Street has a chance of best original song at that event, and Negga seems nearly certain to get a nomination for best actress.

“I’m so delighted because Sing Street is such a local story,” said Carney. “With Colin and Ruth there as well, it does suggest we are saying something that the world is listening to. It proves Irish stories do resonate. I feel enormous pride for a largely unknown cast. We never expected this.”

Voted upon by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes, always a boozier, more raucous event than the Oscars, will take place on January 8th.