Good news for cinephiles of Greek cinema today with Yogos Lanthimos’ The Lobster having landed an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Co-written by Lanthimos together with Efthymis Filippou, producer Ed Guiney from Element Pictures expressed his excitement over the news.

“We are so pleased that Yorgos and Efthimis’ amazing and hugely original script has been recognised by the Academy,” Guiney said.

“It’s an incredible achievement and we congratulate them and all of The Lobster team.”

The fantasy sci-fi film, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz is set in a dystopian near future where single people are tracked down, arrested and transferred to a hotel where they are obliged to find a matching mate within 45 days. If one is to fail at the task, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into the woods.

The 89th Academy Awards will be held on February 26 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.