Queer favourites Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal and Barry Keoghan score IFTA 2024 nominations

Irish actors playing queer roles have scored IFTA nominations with projects like All Of Us Strangers and Saltburn being recognised.

From left to right, screen grabs of Barry Keoghan in 'Saltburn', Andrew Scott in 'All of Us Strangers,' and Paul Mescal in 'All of Us Strangers' - all of whom received IFTA nominations.
Image: MGM Studios, Searchlight Pictures

Nominations for the IFTA (Irish Film & Television Academy) Awards were announced on Thursday, March 14, with queer projects like All of Us Strangers and Saltburn receiving nominations in a number of categories. 

Irish actors like Barry Keoghan (Saltburn), Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott (All of Us Strangers) are stand-out nominees at this year’s IFTA Awards, as well as recent Best Actor Oscar-winner Cillian Murphy (Oppenheimer), primarily due to the global success of their respective films. 

All of Us Strangers received three nominations, including Best Lead Actor in a Film (Scott), Best Supporting Actor in a Film (Mescal), and Best International Film. The film, which premiered in January 2024 for Irish audiences, “follows screenwriter Adam (Scott) who, on a solitary night in his nearly vacancy tower block in modern London, has an unexpected encounter with enigmatic neighbour Harry (Mescal), disrupting the cadence of his routine”.

“As Adam and Harry grow closer, Adam is drawn back to his childhood residence, unearthing the astonishing truth that his deceased parents are both alive and unaged, resembling the day they passed over three decades earlier,” reads the film’s official synopsis. 


Saltburn similarly received IFTA nominations for Best Lead Actor in a Film (Keoghan) and Best International Film. Keoghan, a Dublin-born actor, has become a worldwide phenomenon following his unhinged performance in the dark comedy thriller. 

Both films have been praised for their queer themes, receiving nominations at events like the Critic’s Choice Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, British Independent Film Awards, and more. 

In addition to productions like Saltburn and All of Us Strangers receiving IFTA nominations this year, Annette Bening has similarly been nominated for Best International Actress for her lead role in queer film Nyad, a sports biopic about 64-year-old marathon swimmer Diana Nyad. 

Winners of the 21st annual IFTA Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony taking place at the Dublin Royal Convention Centre on Saturday, April 20. Broadcaster Baz Ashmawy is currently slated to host the upcoming ceremony. 

See the full list of 2024 IFTA nominees here

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