Irish talent picked up 4 nominations, with Consolota Boyle up for Best Costume for her work on Florence Foster Jenkins, Seamus McGarvey up for his cinematography on Nocturnal Animals, and Irish Film Board-backed short The Party up for Best British Short. Limerick native Ruth Negga is also competing for the Rising Star award.
Last year Irish nominees picked up 11 nominations, with John Crowley’s Brooklyn receiving six on its way to claiming Best British film. Among those that missed out are period drama Love & Friendship, which looked like a contender for Adapted Screenplay and Costume Design, and Ruth Negga for Best Actress for her role in Loving.
The Irish Film Board-backed short film The Party, which was one of their 1916-commerative After ’16 shorts, is primarily a Northern Irish affair set in a Troubles-best Belfast in 1972. The film, which is directed by Andrea Harkin, sees a young man welcome home his cousin and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and young love. By morning, reality catches up with them.
The 70th BAFTA Film Awards will be held on 12 February 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.