Oscars: ‘The Insider’ stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson to compete in different acting categories (Exclusive)

It has been finally decided that Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson will be promoted for award recognition in various acting categories – Farrell for Lead Actor and Gleeson for Supporting Actor – for their work in Martin McDonoughThe Spotlight movie Banshee of Inisherin, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exceptionally.

The film, which garnered rave reviews and Oscar buzz after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival (where it received a 12-minute standing ovation) and its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, centers on two best friends whose relationship suddenly was terminated by one (Gleason), causing significant suffering to the other (Farrell).

Some felt that both Farrell and Gleason should be advertised as the lead actors, but all parties came to a decision and it was concluded that Farrell was the lead in the film and Gleason, with less screen time, supported him. (This approach also makes it less likely that the two will cancel each other out in the voting, which is a problem for other films with multiple artists potentially competing in the same category or categories, including The woman king, The Fabelman family and Women Speak.)

Neither Farrell, 46, nor Gleason, 67, have ever been nominated for an Oscar. The two previously starred in another McDonough film from 2008 In Brugesfor which they both received Golden Globe nominations for lead actors.

It was announced on Wednesday that Gleason would host Saturday Night Live for the first time on October 8, before Inisherinlimited theatrical release on October 21.

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