Oscars 2022: Kenneth Branagh and Ciaran Hinds hoping it will be alright on the night

It’s unsure whether Kenneth Branagh and Ciaran Hinds will be able to attend Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony as they are both isolating with Covid.

By Graeme Cousins
Friday, 25th March 2022, 6:11 pm

Both men have been nominated for an Oscar as a result of the success of the Belfast film – Branagh for best director and Hinds for best supporting actor.

The pair are understood to be isolating in New York with the ceremony taking place in Los Angeles .

The black and white movie which is set in 1968 at the outset of the Troubles has a total of seven nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Judi Dench), Best Sound, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ciaran Hinds), Best Original Song (Van Morrison’s ‘Down To Joy’), Best Director (Kenneth Branagh) and Best Picture.

Oscars 2022: Belfast director Kenneth Branagh and actor Ciaran Hinds could miss Oscars due to Covid

Earlier this month the film won the Outstanding British Film award at the BAFTAs.

Although Belfast has been nominated for seven Oscars, according to the latest odds from a range of bookmakers, the film isn’t a strong favourite to win any Academy Awards.

Whether or not Hinds is able to attend he’ll be hoping to hear his own name when the nominations for best supporting actor are recapped.

Last month, when it came to reading out the nominations, American actress Tracee Ellis Ross read out the Belfast actor’s first name as ‘Coreen’. His sister Bronagh saw the funny side and said she hoped they’d get it right on the night.

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