COL'S OSCAR SNUB; Farrell Fails to Get Nominated for Gong 81st Academy Awards Nominations

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COL'S OSCAR SNUB; Farrell Fails to Get Nominated for Gong 81st Academy Awards Nominations


Byline: BY DEMELZA de BURCA

COLIN Farrell's Oscar dreams were dashed yesterday when he failed to be nominated.

The Irish actor was hoping for an Academy Award nomination after he scooped a Golden Globe earlier this month.

The 32-year-old won the gong for best actor in a musical or comedy for his hitman role in In Bruges.

Flying the flag for Ireland is screenwriter Martin McDonnagh who has received a Best Screenplay Oscar nomination for the film.

The IFTA-winning Irish short film New Boy is also in the running.

Based on a Roddy Doyle short story and directed by Steph Green it has been nominated in the Best Live Action Short Film category.

In the Best Achievement In Art Direction category, Irishman Nathan Crowley is shortlisted for his work for The Dark Knight with Peter Lando.

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, in which Brad Pitt plays a man who ages backward, led the field of contenders with 13 Oscar nominations.

Slumdog Millionaire, the tale of an impoverished orphan's improbable victory on an Indian TV game show, followed with 10, while the Batman sequel The Dark Knight and the gay-rights saga Milk each landed eight.

Kate Winslet, 33, received one nomination for her lead role as a former Nazi prison guard in The Reader.

Irish producer Redmond Morris told yesterday he was "thrilled" his movie has garnered such acclaim. …

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