MARTIN O’NEILL has expressed his delight after hearing that his son-in-law has been nominated for an Oscar.

James Friend, who is married to former Celtic boss O’Neill‘s daughter, has been nominated in the category of Best Cinematography for his work with All Quiet On The Western Front.

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Oscar nominee James Friend[/caption]

The 2022 German epic anti-war film is based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque.

It follows the life of a young German soldier, named Paul Bäumer, who enlists in the German Army with friends during World War I.

Throughout the film, they learn the harsh reality of war as they do their best to survive throughout the two-hour flick.

All Quiet on the Western Front premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12 last year, and was released on Netflix for streaming on October 28.

It has since received a leading 14 nominations at the 76th British Academy Film Awards and nine at the 95th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best International Feature.

Now, O’Neill’s son-in-law, Friend, could be the latest person to pick up an award for the film after being put forward in the Best Cinematography category.

And the former Hoops gaffer has taken to social media to praise him for his incredible work throughout filming.

O’Neill tweeted: “What a wonderful day!!! Huge congratulations to my son-in-law James Friend for his cinematography #Oscar nomination for his superb work on #AllQuietOnTheWesternFront #Netflix. Brilliant film and brilliant filmmaking team, well done everyone involved.”

All Quiet on the Western Front is one of five films nominated in the category.

The cinematographers of Empire of Light, TÁR, Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths and Elvis have been recommended for the award as well.

And there is a good chance Friend could scoop the top award as it is currently listed as the bookies favourite.

The war film has been met with rave reviewers and earned a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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