Who will host this year's IFTAs? All you need to know about the 2016 ceremony
The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) has announced that award-winning Irish actress and comedienne Deirdre O’Kane will host the 2016 ceremony.
The IFTAs will take place at the Round Room of Dublin’s Mansion House on Saturday April 9 and the ceremony will be broadcast the following day on TV3 on Sunday 10 April at 9pm.
CEO of the Irish Film & Television Academy, Áine Moriarty, welcomed Deirdre into her new role saying: “The Academy is delighted to introduce Deirdre O'Kane as the host of the 2016 IFTA Film & Drama Awards.
"Not only is she one of Ireland's most successful stand-up comedians but also an acclaimed dramatic actress, as she indelibly proved last year with her IFTA win for her mesmerizing performance in Noble.
"In what has been a phenomenal year for Irish film and drama, we look forward to a great night of acknowledgement and celebration of this work and some great fun too with Deirdre at the helm.”
Commenting today on the announcement as the IFTA host Deirdre O’Kane said: “What an honour to be asked to host the IFTA Awards especially on such a fantastic year for Irish film and drama.
"All the success abroad in this golden year means that it is especially important to recognise and reward these accomplishments at home and I am delighted to be a part of such a prestigious and significant event.”
The IFTA Film & Drama Awards will honour the incredible produced by Irish screen talent in the past 12 months.
The Nominees were announced March 14 and amongst the 2016 shortlist are: Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Lenny Abrahamson, John Crowley, Colin Farrell, Emma Donoghue, Domhnall Gleeson, Evanna Lynch, Caitriona Balfe, Aidan Turner, Ruth Bradley, Martin McCann, Barry Keoghan, John Carney, Stephen Fingleton, Moe Dunford, Sarah Greene, Eva Birthistle, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Rea, Jack Reynor, Ruth Negga, Victoria Smurfit, Mark O’Halloran, Colin Teevan and Michelle Fairley, among many others.
IFTA 2016 also will see actor Liam Neeson receive the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award, a tribute to his career that spans 30 years. The Award will be presented by President Michael D Higgins.
The Ballymena-born said he was "honoured and humbled" with the accolade.
Speaking earlier in the year Neeson said: "I am following in the footsteps of an illustrious group of Irish filmmakers before me such as John Boorman, Neil Jordan, Maureen O'Hara and Jim Sheridan," he said.
"I look forward to coming to Dublin to celebrate with our home industry and with my colleagues and friends."
Actress and producer Roma Downey, famed for her portrayal of Monica in the drama series Touched By An Angel as well as for producing the award-winning epic series The Bible, will receive the inaugural Irish Diaspora Award.