Who is honoring Outlander now? We’re beginning this article with a Caitriona Balfe – IFTA nomination, which is a great bit of recognition for her as an Irish performer within the television world.
For those unfamiliar, the IFTA is the Irish Film & Television Academy, who looks to recognize contributions by both local productions and also Irish actors and actress. Her nomination for the Starz series puts her in the same field as Amy Huberman for Striking Out, Elaine Cassidy for No Offence, Anne-Marie Duff for Murder, and Ruth Negga for Preacher. It’s a worthy field, and this is the second time this year Balfe has received recognition for her work in the Irish film and television community. Recently, she was honored at the Oscar Wilde Awards put on by the US – Ireland Alliance.
The IFTA Film and Drama Awards (that’s the long-form name of the event) will be held at Mansion House on Saturday, April 8. Given that Caitriona is going to be filming Outlander season 3 in South Africa, it’s hard to see how she’ll be able to make it up unless she finds a way to teleport from one place to another.
Remember, season 3 of the series will not premiere on Starz until September … not that we are trying to remind you of how long a wait it truly is.
What Caitriona is fighting for
Given that today is International Women’s Day, we do feel like this is the right time to commend Caitriona for everything that she does in terms of being both an inspiration an activist for not just women, but also all people. Take, for example, the work that she does for the World Child Cancer organization, or some of the advocacy that she is doing today to fight for the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland to be repealed. This amendment strongly restricts women’s rights in the country, in particular the right to choose. Even though she is forced to fight remotely at this time, she is still doing her part on social media to raise awareness. (It’s working — we were able to do some research after hearing about the story as a non-Irish person, and we are far more aware of the cause than we were previously.)
Thanks to Caitriona for all she does, and the same goes for every woman on the Outlander cast and crew who puts their all into the show, and their best foot forward to try to make this world a better place.
As always, we welcome your thoughts on this Outlander story in the comments. (Photo: Starz.)
— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) March 8, 2017