There were awards for ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘Room’ at last night’s BAFTA Awards, with Irish co-pro ‘Brooklyn’ picking up the award for Outstanding British Film and ‘Room’ actress Brie Larson winning Best Actress.
John Crowley’s ‘Brooklyn’, co-produced by Parallel Films in Ireland with part funding from the Irish Film Board, tells the story of a young Irish immigrant in 1950’s New York whose blossoming relationship with an Italian plumber is threatened when tragedy calls her home. She returns to Ireland where her attraction for a charming local man grows. Lead actress Saoirse Ronan was nominated for Best Actress on the night while there were also nominations for Julie Walters for Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby), Costume Design (Odile Dicks-Mireaux) and Makeup & Hair (Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn). 'Brooklyn' was produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, with Alan Moloney as executive producer. Production companies were Parallel Films, Finola Dwyer Productions, Wildgaze Films and Item 7, with financing coming from the Irish Film Board, the BAI, RTÉ, BBC, Telefilm, SODEC and the BFI.
Brie Larson, who plays a mother forced into captivity in a small shed with her son in Lenny Abrahamson’s powerful drama ‘Room’, continued her fantastic awards season success by winning for Best Actress. She has so far picked up a SAG and Golden Globe Award for her performance in the film and is nominated for an Oscar on February 28th, along with ‘Brooklyn’ actress Saoirse Ronan. Director Lenny Abrahamson accepted the award on Brie’s behalf.
Speaking about the success of 'Brooklyn' and 'Room' at the BAFTAs, Irish Film Board CEO James Hickey said: "Congratulations to the entire team behind the Irish films 'Brooklyn and 'Room' on picking up prestigious BAFTA Awards last night. For 'Brooklyn' BROOKLYN, financed as an Irish-UK-Canadian co-production, to win Outstanding British Film is a huge achievement. The film has become a global hit taking over US$34 million and counting worldwide and over €10 million at the Irish/UK Box Office."
He continued: “We’re also delighted to see Brie Larson’s performance in 'Room' pick up the Best Actress Award. Lenny Abrahamson’s deeply moving film is currently on release in Ireland and has taken over €1 million at the Irish box office and over $11 million in the US. I’m very proud of both films and I am delighted to see that audiences all over the world are engaging with these stories told by Irish filmmakers and Irish storytellers."
There were also nominations on the night for ‘The Lobster’ (Outstanding British Film), Michael Fassbender (Best Actor – ‘Steve Jobs’), Emma Donoghue (Best Adapted Screenplay - 'Room') and Stephen Fingleton (Outstanding Debut – ‘The Survivalist’).