Nominations for 2018 Academy Awards announced

They include a number of Irish nominees

Updated 17.50

Several Irish nominees have been announced for this year's Academy Awards.

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has been nominated for her role in 'Lady Bird'.

She has previously been nominated in the Leading and Supporting actress categories for 'Brooklyn' and 'Atonement', respectively.

Daniel Day-Lewis was also nominated for his lead role in 'Phantom Thread'.

Irish costume designer Consolata Boyle has also been nominated for her work on 'Victoria and Abdul'.

She has previously been nominated for her work on 'The Queen' and 'Florence Foster Jenkins'.

British-Irish filmmaker Martin McDonagh was also nominated for his screenplay on 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'.

'The Breadwinner', produced by Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, was nominated in the Animation category.

Martin McDonagh has also been nominted in the 'Best Picture' category for ''Three Billboards'.

Overall, the fantasy romance The Shape of Water led the way in today's nominations - with Guillermo del Toro's film picking up a total of 13 nods.

The nominees were announced by actors Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis, along with a number of special guests.

The 90th Oscars will air on Sunday, March 4th.

You can find the full list of nominees here.

"Incredibly grateful"

Reacting to her nomination, Saoirse Ronan said: "To have been a part of a film like Lady Bird was a true privilege and I am incredibly grateful to the Academy for recognising this wonderful story about the beauty and strength of women.

"I am especially thrilled to share this moment with Laurie Metcalf and our leader and director Greta Gerwig, who, like Lady Bird, is an incredible woman and a dear friend."

Nora Twomey, director of 'The Breadwinner', spoke to Moncrieff shortly after the nominations were announced, explaining: "We knew that our film was up there for sure. But it was a bit of a strange year, because the rules had changed around the voting process and that.

"It was certainly not a sure thing by any stretch - but very welcome, as you can imagine."

Culture Minister Josepha Madigan was among those congratulating the nominees today.

She said: “I am delighted to see so much Irish interest with actors and filmmakers nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. 

"In terms of its size, Ireland punches way above its weight in the quality of its audiovisual output."

Additional reporting by Stephen McNeice