Luck of the Irish: ‘Banshees of Inisherin’, Paul Mescal and ‘Quiet Girl’ Push Ireland to Record Oscar Nom Haul

Ireland is celebrating a record haul for the country in the 2023 Oscar nominations, bringing the total to 14 nominations across various categories.

“The Quiet Girl”, Colm Bairéad’s coming-of-age tale that began its awards run at the 2022 Berlinale, made history by becoming the first Irish film to be nominated in the international feature category. Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin,” co-produced by Ireland’s Metropolitan Films International, garnered nine nominations, including four for actors Colin Farrell, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan and Brendan Gleeson. “Banshees” breaks the Irish record for the most nominations, previously held by “Belfast” and “In the Name of the Father”, which each had seven. There’s a fifth Irish acting nomination, for star Paul Mescal in “Aftersun.”

In the technical categories, Richard Baneham, Oscar winner for the first “Avatar,” is nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for “Avatar: The Way of Water,” while Jonathan Redmond is nominated in the Editing category for “Elvis “.

Tom Berkeley and Ross White’s “An Irish Goodbye,” set in Northern Ireland, is nominated in the Live Action Short Film category.

Ireland’s robust Section 481 tax incentive scheme has been a boon for local films. “The quiet girl”, produced by Cleona Ní Chrualaoi of Inscéal, was made under the Cine4 funding scheme for Irish language films in association with Screen Ireland, TG4 and the Irish Broadcasting Authority and is a Section 481 recipient.

“This is truly a special moment for everyone involved in ‘Aftersun,’” said Mescal. Variety. “To be recognized by the Academy is a great honor and I am very grateful. I want to dedicate this nomination to my two friends Charlotte [Wells] and frankie [Corio] whom I love very much! This is bananas, thank you!”

Désirée Finnegan, CEO of Screen Ireland, said: “Our huge congratulations to Colm Bairéad and Cleona Ní Chrualaoi on the Academy Award nomination for ‘The Quiet Girl’ today. This is a historic moment for Irish-language cinema, of which we are immensely proud, along with our partners Cine4, TG4 and BAI. Best International Feature Film is an intensely competitive category this year, so receiving the nomination is remarkable.”

“We are also delighted to see so many nominations for ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’, the short film ‘An Irish Goodbye’ and for Irish actors Paul Mescal, Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan. Today’s news is an incredible showcase of the range of Irish creative talent who are recognized and celebrated among the best in the world,” Finnegan added.

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