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Kenneth Branagh's Belfast shortlisted for Oscars

Sir Kenneth Branagh

KENNETH Branagh's semi-autobiographical drama Belfast has been shortlisted for two Oscars.

Belfast has been shortlisted in the original song category for Down to Joy by Sir Van Morrison, which plays over the opening credits.

The film has also been shortlisted in the sound category.

Belfast, which stars Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds and newcomer Jude Hill, deals with the outbreak of the Troubles in the late 1960s.

Dornan (39) recently told The Times it was “brutal” that his late father Professor Jim Dornan could not have seen the film.

"I take comfort in the fact that he knows I did it," he said.

"He was so invested in my career. Some people go their whole lives without being told, 'You've made your parents proud'.

"My dad would tell me every day."

Professor Dornan, a prominent obstetrician and gynaecologist, died during a routine knee operation earlier this year after testing positive for Covid.

Shortlists have been announced for 10 different Oscar categories: documentary feature; international film; animated, live action, and documentary shorts; makeup and hairstyling; music score; original song; sound, and visual effects.

No Time To Die and Dune lead the shortlists so far.

Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond was shortlisted for make-up and styling, music (original song), sound and visual effects.

Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic, starring Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya, was shortlisted for make-up and styling, music (original score), sound, and visual effects.

Academy members will now vote on which films should be nominated.

Other category shortlists are expected to be announced shortly.

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