Saoirse Ronan and Martin McDonagh made it an evening to remember for Ireland last night at the Golden Globes.

Ronan won the Best Actress Award for her part in Ladybird while McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri added the Golden Globe to its previous success at Venice and Toronto.

Both films are prominent in the bookmaker odds for next month’s Oscars which promise to be one of the best ever for Irish cinema and its far-flung sons and daughters.

In total Ireland can claim 16 Oscars dating back to Cedric Gibbons in 1930, the latest being for Ben Cleary and Stutterer in 2016.

That year we had nine nominations for Irish linked movies and this year could be another big year.

Allied to the promotion of Ireland through Star Wars The Last Jedi Irish movie making has rarely been in as good a place.

Speaking about the Golden Globes success this morning, Irish Film Board Chief Executive James Hickey said

“On behalf of the Irish Film Board, I extend our congratulations to Saoirse Ronan on her Golden Globe win. We are immensely proud of her and are delighted to have supported her down through the years, including in titles such as the multi-award-winning, Brooklyn.”

“This accolade is the result of years of hard work and dedication and as we continue to witness Saoirse’s ascent this awards season, we wish her continued success.”

“We are also thrilled for Martin McDonagh as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home some of the night’s biggest awards. We supported Martin in the early stages of his career with his Academy Award-winning directorial debut short film, Six Shooter and we are proud to see his star continue to shine on the international stage.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Irish Golden Globe nominees, particularly Nora Twomey and the team behind The Breadwinner.”

“To be nominated in such a hotly contested category such as Best Animated Feature is an incredible feat and the film is not only an urgent and inspiring testament to hope and courage but also a reminder of the power of animation to bring these messages to wide-reaching audiences.”

The nomination period for the Oscars which determines the shortlist is open from now until this Friday and the nominations will be announced on January 23rd.

The second period of voting then takes place among the 6,000 Academy members and the ceremony itself will take place on Sunday, March 4th.

In advance of that Entertainment for Business will look at the impact that a successful Awards season can have on the Irish film industry.

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