DUBLIN, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - The Irish film and television industry
celebrated its 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards at a gala
ceremony held in Dublin's spectacular Convention Centre on Saturday
In what was a glittering night for the Irish film and television
industry the IFTA Awards saw a host of filmmakers, actors and producers
walking the red carpet and celebrating an outstanding year of Irish
creative achievements and production.
Awards were announced in 37 categories across film and television with
the IFTA ceremony broadcast live on Irish television.
Bosnian war drama As If I Am Not There, received three Awards including
the IFTA for Best Film, Director and Script for the film's debut
writer/director Juanita Wilson. Winners in the IFTA acting categories
included Martin McCann (Actor Lead Film - Swansong - Story of Occi
Byrne), Pierce Brosnan (Supporting Actor Film - The Ghost), Saoirse
Ronan (Supporting Actress Film - The Way Back) and Amy Humberman (Lead
Actress - Rewind). Stephen Rea, Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth McCabe also
received IFTA statuettes.
The fourth and final series of The Tudors, which has filmed on location
in Ireland since 2006, received the IFTAs for Best Drama Series,
Costume Design and Make-up Hair. A highlight of the evening saw The
Tudors producer Morgan O'Sullivan honoured with the Outstanding
Contribution to Industry Award for his career achievements and
immeasurable contribution to the Irish film and television community.
Morgan, who is credited with bringing productions such as Braveheart,
PS I Love You, Saving Private Ryan, Reign of Fire and Camelot to
Ireland, was surrounded by hundreds of colleagues and friends from the
industry which included special guests The Tudors actresses Joely
Richardson, Joss Stone and Natalie Dormer.
The IFTAs for International film and International actor went to The
Social Network and its star Jesse Eisenberg. Annette Bening won the
International actress award for her performance in The Kids are All
Other guests at IFTA 2011 included: Sex and The City star Kim Cattrall;
President of Ireland Mary McAleese who gave a rousing speech to the
1,300 strong audience; leading Irish directors Jim Sheridan and Neil
Jordan; and Irish actors including Brendan Gleeson, Colm Meaney, The
Rite star Colin O'Donoghue, Harry Potter's Evanna Lynch and Aidan
Gillen, star of The Wire.
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