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by Jennifer McShane
06th Dec 2018

Award season is upon us and already Ireland are making their mark this year; Monaghan actress Caitriona Balfe has received a Golden Globes nomination for the fourth year in a row, while Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, an Irish production from Element Pictures, has secured five nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes.

Balfe is a Globes regular at this stage with a fourth nomination as best actress in a television series, for her turn in the popular time-travelling adventure Outlander – a series that has a massive fan base across the pond in particular. The actress expressed her delight on social media, saying she was “completely shocked” at the news.

The producers of The Favourite have said they were thrilled that the film, which received five nods, was the second most nominated film after Adam McKay’s Vice, which scored a surprise six mentions. Their count is notably alongside A Star is Born, which also received five nominations.

“It’s absolutely brilliant for the film,” Ed Guiney, the producer of The Favourite, told the Irish Times. “Getting these nominations is a very important way of telling audiences: this is a film you should see this year.” As the Golden Globes are often a key indicator as to which films will receive Oscar nominations, this is a strong sign that the movie will achieve similar success at the Academy Awards.

Fellow actress Saoirse Ronan missed out on any nods this year, despite being tipped to receive one for her acclaimed performance in the title role of Mary Queen of Scots.

Of all the films deemed a shoo-in to win, A Star is Born, currently the second-highest-grossing film of 2018 in Ireland, is expected to take home all its gongs.

The Golden Globes will air on January 6th, 2019.

Here’s the list of main nominated categories:

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy


Good Place


Kaminsky Method

Marvelous Mrs Maisel


Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale


Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy


The Good Place


The Komsinky Method

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel


Leading TV actor – Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen, Who Is America?

Jim Carrey, Kidding

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Donald Glover, Atlanta Robbin’

Bill Hader, Barry


Best Actress in a TV series – Comedy

Kristen Bell, The Good Place

Candice Bergen,

Allison Brie, GLOW

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvellous Mrs Maisel

Debra Messing, Will & Grace


Best Screenplay – Motion Picture


The Favourite

If Beale Street Could Talk


Green Book


Best Actress in a Limited Series 

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

Connie Britton, Dirty John

Laura Dern, The Tale

Regina King, Seven Seconds


Best Actress in a TV series – Drama

Catriona Balfe, Outlander

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Julia Roberts, Homecoming

Keri Russell, The Americans


Best Actor in a Film – Comedy or Musical

Christian Bale, Vice

Lin Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Robert Redford, The Old Man and the Gun

John C Reilly, Stan & Ollie


Best Director

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay, Vice


Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice


Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Glenn Close, The Wife

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rosamund Pike, A Private War


Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Charlize Theron, Tully

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians


Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman


Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite

Green Book

Mary Poppins Returns



Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“All the Stars”, Black Panther

“Girl in the Movies”, DUMPLIN’

“Requiem for a Private War”, A Private War

“Revelation”, Boy Erased

“Shallow”, A Star Is Born


Best Actress in a Supporting Role 

Amy Adams, Vice

Claire Foy, First Man

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite


Best Television Series – Drama

The Americans



Killing Eve



Best Motion Picture – Drama

Black Panther


Bohemian Rhapsody

If Beale Streat Could Talk

A Star Is Born


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