Sunday 16 December 2018

Irish superstars lead this year's IFTA nominations

Actor Jamie Dornan
Actor Jamie Dornan
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

This year's IFTAs will see Christian Grey battling it out with Ronan O'Gara, Amy Huberman and Michael Fassbender for their golden statue.

The 2014 Irish Film and Television Awards, dubbed 'the Irish Oscars', will see the best of Ireland's acting and creative talent go head to head for a prestigious award.

Irish actor Jamie Dornan, who has wrapped filming his role as Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey, has been nominated for a Best Lead Actor in Television award for his role in The Fall against Love/Hate's Tom Vaughan Lawlor (aka Nidge), Chris O'Dowd for Moone Boy and Gabriel Byrne for Quirke.

The female equivalent sees Deirdre O'Kane for Moone Boy, Eva Birthistle for Amber and Love/Hate's Mary Murray (brother owner Janet) and Charlie Murphy (Siobhan).

This year will see some of Ireland's finest acting talent recognised for their work both in Ireland and abroad.

Allen Leech is up for Best Supporting Actor in television for Downton Abbey, going against Liam Cunningham and Aidan Gillen in Game of Thrones and Peter Coonan as Fran in Love/Hate.

Winner of the Best Actor Award Jack Reynor brought his new girlfriend, model Madeline Mulqueen.
Winner of the Best Actor Award Jack Reynor brought his new girlfriend, model Madeline Mulqueen.
TV presenter Lucy Kennedy wore one of the most eye-catching dresses of the evening.
Daithi O'Se and Rita Talty in 2012
Aine Moriarty, the CEO of IFTA and her husband Seamus Griffin arrive on the red carpet.
Glamorous actress, Fionnuala Flanagan, arriving on the red carpet, presented the award for Best Director to Lenny Abrahamson.
Sherlock actor Andrew Scott was also in attendance at the 10th annual IFTAs at the Convention Centre in Dublin.
TG4 presenter Mairead Nu Chuig chose a flattering oyster coloured silk dress on the night.
Niall Tobin arriving on the red capret, later presented the award for the George Morrison Feature Documentary to Alex Gibney's Mea Maxima Culpa.
Miriam O'Callaghan looked stunning in a teal-coloured printed dress.
Blathnaid N Choifigh showed off some leg in her little black dress with side split.
Presenter and publisher Norah Casey was glamorous in a dramatic black number.
Maura Derrane channelled old-school Hollywood glamour with her floor-sweeping fishtail gown.
Broadcaster Claire Byrne kept it elegant and chic in a black dress.
Domhnall Gleesonpicked up the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Anna Karenina.
Actress Aoibhin Garrihy kept it elegant in a long black dress with side pony tail.
Kathryn Thomas also opted for an LBD but with an embellished, Oriental style neckline.
Caroline Morahan chose a figure-hugging black dress with a statement necklace on the night.
Hollywood star John C Reillly presented the Rising Star Award to Gerard Barrett.
Love/Hate star Robert Sheenhan bucked the suit trend and opted instead for a pink coloured shirt with dickey bow.
Voice of Ireland coach Bressie was dashing in his suit.
Victoria Smurfit at the 2014 IFTAs
TV presenter Lorraine Keanestood out in a sea of black dresses in her flowing white gown, with gold detail on the bodice.
Actress Saoirse Ronan, who presented Jack Reynor with his Best Actor Award, was fresh and youthful in a black dress with mesh panels and white brogues.
Amanda Byram dazzled in a sparkling black dress with plunge neckline and white belt.
Actor James Nesbitt presented the award for Best Film Script to Malcolm Campbell for What Richard Did.
Director Jim Sheridan was among the many famous faces at the event.
Chris O'Dowd and David Rawle, the two stars of Moone Boy, which picked up Best Entertainment programme, joke around on the red carpet.
Colm Meaney mingled with other guests at the Convention Centre, Dublin.
Amy Huberman proved to be a most glamorous mum-to-be at last night's event.
Fans of RTE Jean Byrne's fashion-forward style were not disappointed by her choice of dress last night.
Sile Seoige arrives on the red carpet.
The two Masterchef stars, Dylan McGrath and Nick Munier, looked dapper in their suits.
Weather presenter Nuala Carey was lovely in a flattering pink dress.
Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd
TV3's Lisa Cannonwas regal in her royal blue dress with peplum detail.
Love/Hate Nidge, aka Tom Vaughan Lawlor, attendeed with his wife Claire Cox.
Karen Koster also went for a black LBD.
Love/Hate's Fran aka Peter Coonan celebrated the show's five wins.
Sinad Kennedy matched her sequin blue top to her hair.
Coronation Street Michelle Keegan pulle out all the glamour stops.
Kian Egan was dashing in his suit.
Presenter Jennifer Maguire was a lovely lady in red lace.
Musician Jack L's glamorous guest was Nicky St George Smith.
Love/Hate's Susan Loughnane mingled with other guests.
Love/Hate's Charlie Murphy kept warm in an elegant stole.
Journalist Donal MacIntyre attended with his wife Ameera De La Rosa.
Love /Hate star Aoibhinn McGinnity chose a white dress with a daring plunging back.
Reality TV star Dawn Leadon Bolger wore one of the most eye-catching dresses on the night.
Amanda Byram shows off the back detail of her dress and her great tan.
Rosanna Davison kept it pared back in an elegant black dress with plunging neckline.
Lorraine Keane cosies up on the red carpet with husband Peter Devlin.
TV3's Elaine Crowley was feeling blue.
Actress Kerry Condon chose a slinky red number.
Brendan O'Carroll and the cast of Mrs Brown's Boys pose on the red carpet.

LA-based Victoria Smurfit nabbed a nod for her work in Dracula, versus Michelle Fairley for Game of Thrones, Elaine Cassidy for the Paradise and Coilfhionn Dunne as Lizzie of Love/Hate.

And it's going to be a family affair for the Gleesons as Brendan and son Domnhall are going head to head in the Best Lead Actor in Film category.

Gleesons Snr has been nominated for his role in Calvary, while his son has been shortlisted for his work in romantic drama About Time. Andrew Scott is also nominated for The Stag, against Ciaran Hinds in The Sea.

A-lister Colin Farrell is the Best Supporting Actor/Film lead for Saving Mr Banks, Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave, Edward MacLiam for Run & Jump and Peter McDonald in The Stag.

The Irish answer to The Hangover is leading the film nods as Amy Huberman is up for Best Supporting Actress against Fionnuala Flanagan for Life's A Breeze, Orla O'rourke in Calvary and Sinead Cusack in The Sea.

In the lead actress categoy, IFTA staple Saoirse Ronan is up fro Byzantium, Antonia Campbell-Hughes in 3096, Kelly Thornton in Life's a Breeze and Jane McGarth in Black Ice.

Ronan O'Gara's 'ROG' documentary has been nominated in the Sports category, and Donal Walsh My Story has also been shortlisted for Best Documentary.

This year's awards will take place at the Hilton on Burlington Road on Saturday, April 5th and will be aired on RTE One.


See the full list of IFTA nominations:

Film of the Year

Byzantium (Alan Moloney, Stephen Woolley, Parallel Films, Number 9 Films)

Calvary (James Flynn, Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Octagon Films, Reprisal Films)

Run & Jump (Tamara Angie, David Collins, Martina Niland, Samson Films)

The Sea (David Collins, Samson Films)

The Stag (Robert Walpole, Rebecca O'Flanagan, Treasure Entertainment)


Director, Film

John Butler, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)

Neil Jordan, Byzantium (Parallel Films and Number 9 Films)

John Michael McDonagh, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)

Ruairi Robinson, The Last Days on Mars (Qwerty Films and Fantastic Films)


Script, Film

John Banville, The Sea (Samson Films)

Ailbhe Keogan, Run & Jump (Samson Films)

John Michael McDonagh, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)

John Butler and Peter McDonald, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)


Actor in a Lead Role Film

Brendan Gleeson, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)

Domhnall Gleeson, About Time (Universal Pictures)

Ciarán Hinds, The Sea (Samson Films)

Andrew Scott, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)


Actress in a Leading Role Film

Antonia Campbell-Hughes, 3096 Days (Constantin Film)

Jane McGrath, Black Ice (Bandit Films)

Saoirse Ronan, Byzantium (Parallel Films & Number 9 Films)

Kelly Thornton, Life's A Breeze (Fastnet Films)


Actor in a Supporting Role Film

Colin Farrell, Saving Mr.Banks (Walt Disney Studios)

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave (Entertainment One)

Edward MacLiam, Run & Jump (Samson Films)

Peter McDonald, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)


Actress in a Supporting Role Film

Sinead Cusack, The Sea (Samson Films)

Fionnula Flanagan, Life's A Breeze (Fastnet Films)

Amy Huberman, The Stag (Treasure Entertainment)

Orla O'Rourke, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)


International Film (sponsored by American Airlines)

12 Years a Slave



The Wolf of Wall Street


International Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Michael Douglas Behind the Candelabra

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club


International Actress

Amy Adams American Hustle

Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock Gravity

Judi Dench Philomena


Drama, in association with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

The Fall (Stephen Wright, Allan Cubitt, BBC Northern Ireland, Artists Studio)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Love/Hate (Suzanne McAuley, Steve Matthews, Octagon Films)

Quirke (Ed Guiney, John McColgan, Joan Egan, Element Pictures, Tyrone Productions, BBC Drama)

Vikings (Michael Hirst, Morgan O'Sullivan, James Flynn, History Channel)


Director, TV Drama

David Caffrey, Love Hate (Octagon Films)

Ciaran Donnelly, Vikings (History Channel)

Ian Fitzgibbon, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions & Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Amber (Screenworks)


Script Drama

Stuart Carolan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Neil Jordan, The Borgias (Octagon Films)

Nick Vincent Murphy & Chris O’Dowd, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions and Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Conor McPherson, Quirke (Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions)


Actor in a Leading Role Television

Gabriel Byrne, Quirke (Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions)

Jamie Dornan, The Fall (BBC Northern Ireland and Artists Studio)

Chris O'Dowd, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions & Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)

Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)


Actress in a Leading Role Television

Eva Birthistle, Amber (Screenworks)

Charlie Murphy, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Mary Murray, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Deirdre O'Kane, Moone Boy (Grand Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Hot Cod Productions & Sprout Pictures for Sky 1)


Actor in a Supporting Role Television

Peter Coonan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Allen Leech, Downton Abbey (Carnival Films)


Actress in a Supporting Role Television

Elaine Cassidy, The Paradise (Masterpiece and BBC Productions)

Caoilfhionn Dunne, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Michelle Fairley, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Victoria Smurfit, Dracula (NBC/SKY)




An Ceoldrama

Doc McStuffins




Current Affairs

Breach of Trust (RTÉ)

Inside Irish Nationwide (Animo for RTÉ)

Spotlight Housing Whatever It Takes (BBC NI)

Vincent Browne Tonight (TV3)



Danny Boy: The Ballad that Bewitched the World

Donal Walsh – My Story

The Disappeared

The Scholarship – Class of 2018


Documentary Series

1916 Seachtar Dearmadta

Bliain in Árainn Mhór

The Estate

John Lonergan’s Circus



Irish Pictorial Weekly

The Late Late Show

Moone Boy

Mrs Browns Boys



John Sheahan: A Dubliner


Seamus Heaney – Postscript – Imeall

The Zoo



Dúshlán 1881 – Living the Eviction

The Great Irish Bake Off

Jockey Eile

Operation Transformation




Páidí Ó Sé - Rí an Pharóiste

R.O.G. The Ronan O’Gara Story

We Got Game


Irish Language

1916 Seachtar Dearmadta

An Ceoldrama


Páidí Ó Sé - Rí an Pharóiste






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