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Sandra Mallon

Colin Farrell uses typical Irish expression to describe Oscar nomination on US TV show

Oscar-nominated Colin Farrell has said being up for Best Actor for his role in The Banshees of Inisherin at the Academy Awards is a “bit of craic”.

Speaking to CBS Sunday Morning, Farrell joined his co-star and fellow Oscar nominee Brendan Gleeson, who is up for Best Supporting Actor, to discuss the film's success in a record year for Irish talent at the Academy Awards, where we received 14 nominations last week.

The Banshees of Inisherin has received nine Oscar nominations.

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Along with Farrell and Gleeson making the shortlist, the film's writer-director Martin McDonagh (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay) and Farrell and Gleeson's co-stars Kerry Condon (Best Supporting Actress) and Barry Keoghan (Best Supporting Actor) are also among the nominees.

Farrell described it as "a very sweet time" but says everyone will move on once the Oscars are over after March 12.

"I get to see him (Gleeson), get to spend time with Kerry and Martin that we wouldn't otherwise.

"In that way, that's the kind of window I climb through to enjoy this whole experience rather than taking it too serious, you know?"

"Instead of focusing on the horse race or who's nominated for what and all of that," said host Tracy Smith.

"Yeah, exactly, exactly," Farrell replied.

"Just to be sharing it with the other lads and whoever's around and the films and the filmmakers. I still get giddy about the whole thing anyway, do you know what I mean?

"Do I need it? No. But is it a bit of craic? Yeah. It's a moment in time - and then move on."

Elsewhere, a new survey has revealed The Banshees of Inisherin is amongst the most influential films.

The findings, from Irish casino Slotbox, looked at the jobs held by the main characters across over 200 popular TV shows and films, and conducted a national search data analysis to identify any related rise in interest from viewers inspired by the characters.

Each character was awarded an influence score based on search interest increases following each TV show/film release date - revealing the biggest onscreen inspirations.

And although The Banshees of Inisherin’s Colm Doherty doesn’t find it easy pursuing his passion of composing and playing music, it seems some fans have been inspired to follow in his footsteps, as he’s one of the most influential characters featured in the study.

Straight after the film was released in October 2022, Google searches for ‘how to learn music’ soared by 9900%, whilst ‘violin classes’ rose by 5300% - awarding Colm Doherty one of the highest influence scores of all 200+ characters analysed.

According to the research, Doherty is more influential than real-life influencer Selling Sunset’s Chrishell Stause and The Devil Wears Prada’s iconic main character Andrea Sach.

Speaking on the findings, Slotbox said: “People look for inspiration in all sorts of places, so it stands to reason that for some, the media they consume and the characters they relate to go some way to helping them figure out what passions they’d like to pursue - including career.

“A lot of TV shows and films these days are centred around lawyers - including Suits, She-Hulk and The Lincoln Lawyer - and characters are often portrayed as extremely driven, passionate and glamorous, so I’d have expected that to be the most-inspiration profession.

“Careers that orient around passion are understandingly inspiring when shown on screen - such as Colm Doherty’s love for folk music - particularly when the main characters are vocal about their love for what they do."


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