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Colin Farrell and Bill Nighy receive first best actor Oscar nominations

Colin Farrell and Bill Nighy and both up for the best actor Oscar (AP/PA)
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Colin Farrell and Bill Nighy have received their first best actor Oscar nominations.

The pair will be up against Irish actor Paul Mescal for his role in Aftersun, and US heavyweights Austin Butler for Elvis and Brendan Fraser for The Whale.

Nominations for the 95th annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday and were read out by Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams, in-person for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The best actor nomination continues Farrell's successful awards season run, having been nominated for both a Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild gong for his performance in the Banshees Of Inisherin.

The Irish star appears opposite long-time friend and colleague Brendan Gleeson in Martin McDonagh's dark comedy – which is set on a remote island off the coast of Ireland.

Despite his long and impressive career, it is the first time English actor Nighy has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The nod comes for his turn in Living, in which he portrays a veteran civil servant who is inspired to make the most of his remaining days, following a life of tedium.

The star-studded Oscars ceremony, due to be hosted by US talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, will take place on March 12 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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