'Kings,' 'Garage' vie for Irish Academy nods

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LONDON -- Tom Collins' Irish-language movie "Kings" has scooped a regal 14 nominations in the race for the fifth annual Irish Film and Television Awards.

Presented by the Irish Film and Television Academy, "Kings" took the most nominations ahead of its closest challenger, Lenny Abrahamson's "Garage," which scored 11.

Both "Kings" and "Garage" will compete for the top film award alongside Julian Jarrold's Jane Austen biopic "Becoming Jane," Richard Attenborough's Northern Irish film "Closing the Ring" and Paddy Breathnach's horror film "Shrooms."

"Kings" and "Garage" also count nominations in the director and script categories.

Colm Meaney ("Kings") and Pat Shortt ("Garage") will battle it out with Cillian Murphy ("Sunshine"), Gabriel Byrne ("Jindabyne") and Hugh O'Conor ("Speed Dating") for the lead actor nod.

"Garage" director Abrahamson and the film's writer, Mark O'Halloran, also each have a second nomination in the director TV and script for television categories, respectively, for the RTE drama "Prosperity," which garnered a total of five television category nominations.

In the television categories, TG4's Irish-language series "The Running Mate" scored eight nominations, as has TV3's primetime period drama "The Tudors." Both titles also have strong acting nominations, including Denis Conway, Don Wycherley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers for the prestigious lead actor television award.

"It has been another strong year for Irish talent with world-class Irish production, and IFTA Academy Members have selected titles across a very interesting mix of genres and styles with the Irish language a strong feature coming through this year across both film and television," IFTA CEO Aine Moriarty said.

The awards will be dished out Feb. 17 at Dublin's Gaiety Theater and broadcast in primetime on RTE One.

A complete list of nominees follows:

FILM CATEGORIES

Film
"Becoming Jane"
"Closing the Ring"
"Garage"
"Kings"
"Shrooms"

International film
"Atonement"
"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"La Vie en Rose"
"The Lives of Others"

Director, film
Lenny Abrahamson -- "Garage"
Paddy Breathnach -- "Shrooms"
Tom Collins -- "Kings"
John Crowley -- "Boy A"
Robert Quinn -- "Cre na Cille"

Script, film
Tom Collins -- "Kings"
Mark O'Halloran -- "Garage"
Mark O'Rowe -- "Boy A"
Stuart Townsend -- "Battle in Seattle"

Actor in a lead role, film
Gabriel Byrne -- "Jindabyne"
Colm Meaney -- "Kings"
Cillian Murphy -- "Sunshine"
Hugh O'Conor -- "Speed Dating"
Pat Shortt -- "Garage"

Actor in a supporting role, Film
Brendan Conroy -- "Kings"
Donal O'Kelly -- "Kings"
Conor J Ryan -- "Garage"
Don Wycherley -- "Speed Dating"

Actress in a supporting role, film
Elaine Cassidy -- "And When Did You Last See Your Father"
Anne Marie Duff -- "Garage"
Gail Fitzpatrick -- "Strength and Honor"
Saoirse Ronan -- "Atonement"

TELEVISION DRAMA

Single drama/drama serial
"Damage"
"My Boy Jack"
"Prosperity"
"The Running Mate"

Drama series/soap
"The Clinic"
"Ros na Run"
"Single-Handed"
"The Tudors"

Director, television
Lenny Abrahamson -- "Prosperity"
Brian Kirk -- "The Tudors"
Paul Mercier -- "Aifric"
Declan Recks -- "The Running Mate"

Script, television
Marcus Fleming -- "The Running Mate"
Mark O'Halloran -- "Prosperity"
Daniel O'Hara, Paddy C.Courtney -- "Paddywhackery"
Aisling Walsh -- "Damage"

Actor in a lead role -- television
Denis Conway -- "The Running Mate"
Michael Gambon -- "Celebration"
Jonathan Rhys Meyers -- "The Tudors"
Don Wycherley -- "The Running Mate"

Actor in a supporting role, television
Nick Dunning -- "The Tudors"
Leroy Harris -- "Prosperity"
Eamonn Hunt -- "The Running Mate"
Gary Lydon -- "The Clinic"

Actress in a lead role, film/television
Cliona Ni Chiosain -- "Aifric"
Fionnula Flanagan -- "Brotherhood"
Brid Ni Neachtain -- "Cre na Cille"
Aisling O'Sullivan -- "The Clinic"
Siobhan Shanahan -- "Prosperity"

Actress in a supporting role, television
Dawn Bradfield -- "The Clinic"
Maria Doyle Kennedy -- "The Tudors"
Fionnula Flanagan -- "Paddywhackery"
Amy Huberman -- "The Clinic"

CRAFT CATEGORIES

Costume design
Joan Bergin -- "The Tudors"
Maggie Donnelly -- "Kings "
Lorna Marie Mugan -- "My Boy Jack"
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh -- "Becoming Jane"

Director of photography
PJ Dillon -- "Kings"
Seamus McGarvey -- "Atonement"
Peter Robertson -- "Garage"
Ciaran Tanham -- "Northanger Abbey"

Editing
Dermot Diskin -- "Kings"
Stephen O'Connell -- "Damage"
Isobel Stephenson -- "Garage"
Gareth Young -- "The Running Mate"

Hair and makeup
"Kings" -- Muriel Bell, Pamela Smyt
"My Boy Jack" -- Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn
"Prosperity" -- Tom McInerney, Sandra Kelly
"The Tudors" -- Jennifer Hegarty, Dee Corcoran

Original score
Pol Brennan -- "Kings"
Jim Lockhart -- "Cre na Cille"
Stephen McKeon -- "The Running Mate"
Stephen Rennicks -- "Garage"

Production design
Tom Conroy -- "The Tudors"
David Craig -- "Kings"
Tom Mc Cullagh -- "Closing the Ring"
Padraig O'Neill -- "Garage"

Sound
"Becoming Jane" -- Nick Adams, Tom Johnson, Mervyn Moor
"Garage" -- Niall Brady, John Fitzgerald, Robert Flanagan
"Kings" -- Ken Galvin, Ronan Hill, Dominic Weaver
"My Boy Jack" -- Brendan Deasy, Ken Galvin, Nikki Moss



TELEVISION CATEGORIES

Children's/youth program
"Aifric"
"The Cafe"
"Cula Cairde"
"Skunk Fu!"

Current affairs program
"Election 2007 -- Results Coverage" (RTE)
"Prime Time Investigates -- Buyer Beware" (RTE)
"Prime Time Investigates -- Not Seen, Not Heard" (RTE)
"Spotlight: The Pitbull Sting" (BBC Northern Ireland)

Documentary series
"The Hospice"
"Imeacht Na N'Iarlai /Flight of The Earls / Flight of the Earls"
"Mobs Mheircea"
"Surgeons"

Single documentary
"Arts Lives: The Undertaking"
"At Home with the Clearys"
"Bloody Sunday -- A Derry Diary"
"Get Collins"
"Ireland's Nazis"
"Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten"

Entertainment
"Dan & Becs"
"Killinaskully"
"Naked Camera"
"The Podge & Rodge Show"

Factual entertainment
"Diarmuid's Pony Kids"
"Families in Trouble"
"Hector -- Mo Rogha San Oz"
"No Experience Required"

News program
"BBC Newsline" -- BBC Northern Ireland
"Nuacht" -- TG4
"RTE News" -- RTE
"TV3 News" -- TV3

Sport
"20 Moments That Shook Irish Sport"
"Red Mist"
"Rugby World Cup 2007"
"Six Nations: Ireland's v England"
"Tall, Dark & O hAilpin"

OTHER CATEGORIES

Special Irish-language award
"Aifric"
"Cre na Cille"
"Kings"
"Paddywhackery"

Rising Star Award
Cecilia Ahern -- Writer
Mark Mahon -- Producer
Martin McCann -- Actor
Marion Quinn -- Director
Saoirse Ronan -- Actress

Pantene People's Choice Award for Best International Actress
Cate Blanchett -- "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
Jodie Foster -- "The Brave One"
Keira Knightley -- "Atonement"
Hilary Swank -- "P.S. I Love You"
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