In today’s edition of CarterMatt’s Outlander notes, we’re talking about various honors and achievements — one for Caitriona Balfe as a performer, and the other for the good of humankind.
Let’s start things off when it comes to Balfe, who has received a nomination for Actress in a Lead Role, Drama from the IFTA Awards. The Irish Film & TV Academy honor all forms of entertainment around the world featuring Irish actors and talent. It’s a tremendous opportunity to spread awareness about Irish arts, while recognizing performers for fantastic performances in the process.
This is not the first time that Balfe has received a nomination for the IFTA Awards, but every nomination significant in its own way. It marks recognition for continued success.
You can view all of the IFTA Awards nominations over here; the ceremony will take place later this year; the 2017 Awards were held in Dublin this past April. It’s a little early to speculate as to whether or not Caitriona would be able to attend a ceremony — after all, Outlander is in season 4 production in Scotland. Today marks the end of the first week of filming in the new year. Balfe, Sam Heughan, and the rest of the cast are currently in the process of making new episodes for later this year.
The latest charity update
More great news for Caitriona today — her work with World Child Cancer has led to an incredible number of donations. As the charity revealed on Twitter (see below), more than £108,541 ($148,000 US, give or take) has been raised by fans of the show. That’s a remarkable achievement that serves as yet another reminder that Outlander fans take their support to another level. It’s not just about supporting actors and helping them to win awards. It’s also about trying to do good for as many people as humanly possible.
In between Balfe’s contributions to World Child Cancer and what Heughan is doing with Bloodwise in conjunction with his My Peak Challenge initiative, it does already feel as though 2018 is going to be a wonderful year in terms of Outlander fans doing everything that they can to give back and make the world a better place. This is a trend that we absolutely hope to see continue as the year goes along.
As reported yesterday, there’s going to be a season 3 marathon on Sunday that leads to the first-ever scene of Outlander season 4 presented on Starz. Read more about that here, and be sure to check back to CarterMatt Sunday night for more analysis on that scene.
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