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Ireland's biggest movie stars all nominated for this year's IFTAs

Actress Ruth Negga was nominated for best actress in two categories.

THE NOMINEES FOR this Irish Film and Television Academy Awards (IFTAs) have been announced, with the main awards featuring films such as The Siege of Jadotville and A Date for Mad Mary.

The film about Irish soldiers fighting during the UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo won nominations for best film, best script, best director for Richie Smyth, best actor for Jamie Dornan, and best supporting actor for Jason O’Mara.

The Siege of Jadotville screening - Dublin Jamie Dornan attending a screening of the Siege of Jadotville at the Savoy Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire PA images

Similarly, A Date for Mad Mary has been nominated for best film, script, director for Darren Thornton, best actress for Seana Kerslake and best supporting actress for Charleigh Bailey.

Other contenders for best film include Love & Friendship, The Secret Scripture, Tomato Red and The Young Offenders.

Actress Ruth Negga has been nominated in two categories – as best actress for her role in the film Loving, and as best actress in the TV drama Preacher.

The 89th Academy Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles Actress Ruth Negga has been nominated for two awards. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Other big names on the nominations list include Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

On the small screen, The Fall, Game of Thrones and Vikings are among the nominations for best drama.

Cillian Murphy is nominated for best actor for his role in Peaky Blinders, as is Aidan Turner for Poldark.

Her performance in Striking Out sees Amy Huberman nominated for best actress in a drama series, with Caitriona Balfe also winning a nomination for her role in Outlander.

For best supporting actors and actresses, there are nominations for Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), Robert Sheehan (Fortitude), Charlene McKenna (Ripper Street) and Dominique McElligott (House of Cards).

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HBO Espana presentation in Madrid Actor Liam Cunningham is nominated for his role in Game of Thrones, which is also up for best drama Source: DyD Fotografos/Geisler-Fotopress/DPA/PA Images

This year’s IFTA awards will take place in the Mansion House on Saturday 8 April.

Nominations were shortlisted by Irish academy members, as well as a jury panel of industry experts from around the globe.

The full list of nominees can be found here.

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