Strong Irish interest at the Oscars

Irish actress Ruth Negga - nominated in the Best Actress category - is preparing for her first Academy Awards ceremony

Irish Oscar nominee Ruth Negga is preparing for her first Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles tonight.

The Limerick actress has been nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in the historical drama, Loving.

Negga has been nominated for a host of awards for her turn as Mildred in the acclaimed film - including the Oscars, Golden Globes and Critics Choice awards.

The film follows Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple behind a pivotal 1967 civil rights case.

Following the inter-racial couple’s marriage in June 1958 they were arrested and sentenced to a year in the state penitentiary - a sentence that was suspended on the condition that they be exiled from the state of Virginia.

The couple spent the next nine years fighting the verdict - determined to be together in their home state.

Costume designer Consolata Boyle is also nominated for her work on the film Florence Foster Jenkins.

The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell, and funded by the Irish Film Board, is among the hopefuls in the Best Original Screenplay Category.

Negga is facing stiff competition from Emma Stone in the musical La La Land, which is widely tipped to cement its success in awards season.

The film has garnered a record-equalling 14 nominations.

Stone has said the love story between her character and Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling, is what attracted her to the project.

“The reason the film touched me so deeply reading the script and wanting to be part of it was the simplicity of the love story between these two characters,” she said.

“I think even in this larger than life ultra-colourful Technicolor world, there is a very simple love story at its core.”

The awards are set to get underway at 01:30 am Irish time.

A list of the main nominations for 2017 is below:

Best Picture

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Best Director

  • Damien Chazelle - La La Land
  • Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea
  • Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
  • Mel Gibson - Hacksaw Ridge

Best Actor

  • Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling - La La Land
  • Denzel Washington – Fences
  • Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic

Best Actress

  • Isabelle Huppert – Elle
  • Ruth Negga – Loving
  • Natalie Portman – Jackie
  • Emma Stone - La La Land
  • Meryl Streep - Florence Foster Jenkins

Best supporting actor

  • Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges - Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges - Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel – Lion
  • Michael Shannon - Nocturnal Animals

Best supporting actress

  • Viola Davis – Fences
  • Naomie Harris – Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman – Lion
  • Octavia Spencer - Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams - Manchester by the Sea

Best original screenplay

  • Damien Chazelle - La La Land
  • Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou - The Lobster
  • Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea
  • Taylor Sheridan - Hell or High Water
  • Mike Mills - 20th Century Women

Best Costume

  • Madeline Fontaine – Jackie
  • Mary Zophres – La La Land
  • Consolata Boyle – Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Colleen Atwood – Fantastic Beast and where to Find Them
  • Joanna Johnston - Allied