Chiwetel Ejiofor and Judi Dench win top prizes at the Irish Film & Television Awards, as Calvary and Philomena are handed best film trophies.

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John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary picked up a hat-trick of awards at the 11th Irish Film & Television Awards on Saturday night including Best Film, Best Script and Best Actor, for Brendan Gleeson’s performance as a good-natured priest who must battle dark forces. The actor beat competition including his son Domhnall Gleeson, nominated for his role in About Time.

The ceremony in Dublin also saw Stephen Frears’s Philomena walk away with three prizes including Best International Film, Best Costume for the work of Consolata Boyle, and Best International Actress, for Judi Dench’s performance as a woman searching for her long lost son. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film, was in attendance

Vampire horror Byzantium also scored a hat-trick, winning Best Director for Neil Jordan, Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan and Makeup & Hair.

Oscar-winner 12 Years a Slave picked up two awards with Chiwetel Ejiofor winning Best International Actor, beating competition from Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Douglas and Matthew McConaughey. Michael Fassbender picked up the Best Supporting Actor prize for his role as a cruel slave-owner in Steve McQueen’s period drama.

Sinead Cusack took home the Best Supporting Actress accolade for her performance in the adaptation of John Banville’s The Sea.

Comedy The Stag, which led the pack with six nominations, walked away empty handed.

The awards, broadcast on Irish channel RTÉ One, was attended by Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Neil Jordan, Amy Huberman, Colm Meaney, Jack Reynor, Killian Scott, Eva Birthistle, Victoria Smurfit and Outstanding Contribution Honorary Award Winner President Michael D Higgins.

Winners in full


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)

George Morrison Feature Documentary

Broken Song
Here Was Cuba
The Summit

International Film

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)

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

Script Drama
Stuart Carolan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Actor in a Leading Role Television
Jamie Dornan, The Fall (BBC Northern Ireland and Artists Studio)

Actress in a Leading Role Television
Eva Birthistle, Amber (Screenworks)

Actor in a Supporting Role Television
Peter Coonan, Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

Actress in a Supporting Role Television
Michelle Fairley, Game of Thrones (HBO)


Consolata Boyle, Philomena

Director of Photography Film/Drama
PJ Dillon, Ripper Street

Editing Film/Drama
Emer Reynolds, Here Was Cuba

Makeup & Hair

Production Design
Tom Conroy Vikings

Original Score
David Holmes, The Fall

Sound Film/Drama
Game of Thrones



Current Affairs
Breach of Trust (RTÉ)

The Disappeared

Documentary Series
John Lonergan’s Circus

Moone Boy

Seamus Heaney - Postscript - Imeall

Operation Transformation
Páidí Ó Sé - Rí an Pharóiste

Irish Language
1916 Seachtar Dearmadta


Director TV
Anna Rodgers, Somebody to Love

Director of Photography TV
Ronan Fox, John Sheahan: A Dubliner

Editing TV
Ray Roantree, Looking After No. 1

Sound TV
John Sheahan: A Dubliner

Short Film
The Last Days of Peter Bergmann

Tilly and Friends

Irish Film Board Rising Star
Jamie Dornan