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The Guard wins big at the Irish Film And Television Awards

The Guard picked up four awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter and the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award for its director John Michael McDonagh.

The Guard was the big winner at the Irish Film And Television Awards, scooping four awards including Best Film and Best Director for John Michael McDonagh.

McDonagh also won the Best Screenwriter prize as well as the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award for his feature directorial debut.

On the TV side, Irish crime drama Love Hate swept the board picking up seven awards including Best Drama, Best director and Writer.

Michael Fassbender was named Best Actor for his performance in Steve McQueen’s Shame, whilst Chris O’Dowd scooped the Best Supporting Actor prize for Bridesmaids.

Actresses Saoirse Ronan won for her performance as teen assassin in Joe Wright’s Hanna. Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan was the recipient of two awards - the IFTA Lifetime Achievement Award as well as a Best Supporting Actress prize for her role in The Guard.

Northern Irish Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey was presented with the DOP Film/Drama award for We Need to Talk About Kevin and Consolata Boyle took home the Costume IFTA for her designs in The Iron Lady.

The winners of the 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards were announced at a Gala Awards Ceremony held at the Convention Centre Dublin on Saturday 11th of February 2012.

Speaking at the ceremony IFTA chief executive Áine Moriarty said “In what has been a wonderful night of celebration for the Irish film and television industry, IFTA is delighted to announce the winners of the 9th Irish Film & Television Awards.  Ireland’s film and television industry continues to punch above its weight in terms of production values, creativity and entertainment and the outstanding achievements of Irish directors, writers, actors, television and film makers has been showcased here this evening.”

The winners:

BEST FILM: The Guard – John Michael McDonagh

DIRECTOR FILM - John Michael McDonagh - The Guard

SCRIPT FILM - John Michael McDonagh - The Guard

ACTOR – FILM - Michael Fassbender – Shame

ACTRESS – FILM Saoirse Ronan -Hanna

SUPPORTING ACTOR – FILM Chris O’Dowd - Bridesmaids

SUPPORTING ACTRESS – FILM Fionnula Flanagan - The Guard

GEORGE MORRISON FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD Bernadette; Notes on a Political Journey- Lelia Doolan

SPECIAL IRISH LANGUAGE AWARD Corp + Anam – Paddy Hayes

ANIMATION The Boy in the Bubble - Kealan O’ Rourke (Igloo Films)

PHILIPS SHORT FILM AWARD Foxes- Lorcan Finnegan

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

INTERNATIONAL FILM Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

INTERNATIONAL ACTOR Ryan Gosling – Drive

INTERNATIONAL ACTRESS Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

COSTUME DESIGN (FILM / TV DRAMA) Consolata Boyle - The Iron Lady

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (FILM / TV DRAMA) Seamus McGarvey - We Need To Talk About Kevin

EDITING (FILM / TV DRAMA) Isobel Stephenson - Love/Hate

M.A.C MAKE-UP & HAIR (FILM / TV DRAMA) Lorraine Glynn / Lynn Johnston - Albert Nobbs

 ORIGINAL SCORE (FILM / TV DRAMA) Brian Byrne - Albert Nobbs

PRODUCTION DESIGN (FILM / TV DRAMA) Anna Rackard - Stella Days

SOUND (FILM / TV DRAMA) Albert Nobbs - Brendan Deasy, Niall Brady, Michelle Cunniffe, Steve Fanagan

IRISH FILM BOARD RISING STAR John Michael McDonagh

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