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Ciaran Hinds and Stephen Rea in best actor battle

Ciaran Hinds
Ciaran Hinds has been shortlisted for a best actor award

Two well-known Belfast actors Ciaran Hinds and Stephen Rea are on the shortlist for best actor award at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

They will face competition from Colin Farrell for the film, Ondine and Darren Healy for Savage.

Liam Neeson has been nominated for best actor in a television drama for his part in the BBC drama, Five Minutes of Heaven.

Whilst actress Michelle Fairley from Coleraine is shortlisted for a television award for BBC NI's His Mother's Son.

Two films, Neil Jordan's Ondine and Conor McPherson's supernatural thriller, The Eclipse dominate nominations for the seventh annual Irish awards (Ifta).

The two films received a total of five nominations, including best film, best director and best script.

Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea is nominated for his role in Nothing Personal

Hinds was nominated for his role in The Eclipse and Rea, for his part in Nothing Personal.

Academy chief executive Aine Moriarty said the strength of the nominations "reinforces the fact that Ireland has a superb resource of creative talent, despite the difficult Irish economic year and the knock-on effect to our creative industries".

The seventh annual Irish Film and TV Awards ceremony is to take place on Saturday 20 February at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin.

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