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Local interest in Oscar and BAFTA nominations

16 January 2014

There is a strong local interest in this year's Oscar and BAFTA nominations.

The film 'Philomena', which was partly shot in County Down, has been nominated in three categories (best actress, adapted screenplay and best picture) in the 2014 Academy Award nominations, which are set to take place on 2nd March.

The film has also received four BAFTA nominations, including in the best film category.

Based on the real-life story of Irish woman Philomena Lee, the movie follows her search to find the son she was forced to put up for adoption in County Tipperary during the 1950s.

Two writers from Northern Ireland have also  been jointly nominated for BAFTA award for a film set in Belfast.

Belfast-born Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry co-wrote the film 'Good Vibrations', which has been nominated in the outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer category. 

The film tells the story of Terri Hooley, who championed local punk music bands at the height of the Troubles in the 1970s.

Patterson is a well-known author of eight novels and works as a creative writing lecturer at Queen's University, Belfast.  Carberry, who also works at the university, has a background as a short fiction writer and in arts journalism.

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