IFTAs promise an all-star line-up with ladies dressed to impress
Published 05/04/2014 | 08:02
HERE come the girls.
The ladies who have made it big in showbiz will tip their hats to Irish designers at the annual IFTAs tonight.
The glamorous women in entertainment will wear creations from predominantly home-grown talent on the red carpet.
RTE presenter Kathryn Thomas has opted for a dress by Dublin-based Umit Kutluk, while Sile Seoige has chosen a number by Don O'Neill, the Kerryman who previously dressed Oprah Winfrey for the Oscars.
Lorraine Keane has selected a Marion Murphy Cooney outfit and former Fair City star Aoibhin Garrihy has chosen a bespoke gown by designer Sean Byrne.
All eyes will be on Amy Huberman, who will be without her husband, Brian O’Driscoll.
Mum-of-one Huberman has been shortlisted in the Best Supporting Actress in Film category for her part in The Stag.
But with her husband in France ahead of Leinster's quarter-final clash against Toulon, she will be joined by her mother, Sandra.
Meanwhile, Oscars star Philomena Lee is expected to attend, and she will compete for the Best International Film gong alongside actor Steve Coogan who has flown in from the UK to be present.
Former Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Fionnula Flanagan has travelled from Los Angeles along with other female guests including nominees Sinead Cusack and Deirdre O'Kane.
As for the male talent, two of Ireland’s bona fide Hollywood stars, Michael Fassbender and Colin Farrell, will lead the way at the 2014 Irish Film and awards. The pair are set to step out on the red carpet this evening for the 11th year of the glittering awards night, which toasts the very best in the industry over the past 12 months.
Both Fassbender (inset) and Farrell will go head-to-head for the Best Supporting Actor in Film accolade and are expected to be accompanied by family members.
Fassbender (37) is shooting an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth in the UK at the moment and has flown home specifically for the occasion, while Farrell (37) is currently working on The Lobster with Rachel Weisz in Co Kerry.
Actress Aoibhin Garrihy
A string of well-known faces will attend the awards in the DoubleTree Hotel in Dublin's Ballsbridge (the former Burlington), including veterans Jeremy Irons, Colm Meaney, Brendan Gleeson, Gabriel Byrne and director Neil Jordan as well as rising stars Jamie Dornan and Jack Reynor.
Many of Ireland's leading broadcasters have been lined up to present awards over the course of the ceremony, including Ryan Tubridy, Jennifer Maguire and Miriam O'Callaghan.
Broadcaster Sile Seoige
The awards themselves are the highlight of the night, but a great deal of attention will be focused on the fashion.
This year's IFTAs will be co-hosted by Simon Delaney and Laura Whitmore.
Guests will be able to tuck into a delicious three-course meal consisting of smoked salmon, rare beef and passion fruit tart prepared by 15 chefs.