Source: Cartoon Saloon


Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated feature Wolfwalkers has won best film at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs).

The IFTAs also honoured Element Pictures’ Normal People, with the series winning many of the top TV categories including drama, script, director (Lenny Abrahamson) and lead actor (Paul Mescal).

The awards took place virtually last night (July 4), with several high-profile guests including Mark Hamill, Josh Brolin and Olivia Colman presenting awards.

The late Nika McGuigan was awarded the best actress IFTA for her work on Cathy Brady’s directorial debut, Wildfire. McGuigan died in 2019 aged 33. Brady also won best director for the feature drama.

Actor Nicola Coughlan won the rising star award for her work on Netflix hit Bridgerton. Breaking Out, the story of Irish musician Fergus O’Farrell, his song Gold - as heard in the film and stage show Once - and his life with muscular dystrophy, received the George Morrison feature documentary award.

The IFTA Awards is funded by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, and also supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), Tourism Ireland and Virgin Media Television.

The full list of winners is below.

Best film

Director - film
Cathy Brady - Wildfire 

Script - film
Clare Dunne & Malcom Campbell - Herself 

Actor in a lead role - Film
Gabriel Byrne – Death of a Ladies’ Man 

Actress in a lead role – Film
Nika McGuigan - Wildfire 

Actor in a supporting role - Film
Barry Ward – Dating Amber 

Actress in a supporting role - Film
Sharon Horgan – Dating Amber 

Rising star
Nicola Coughlan 

George Morrison feature documentary
Breaking Out 

Best drama
Normal People 

Director - drama
Lenny Abrahamson – Normal People 

Script - drama
Sally Rooney – Normal People 

Actor in a lead role - Drama
Paul Mescal – Normal People 

Actress in a lead role - Drama
Dervla Kirwan – Smother 

Actor in a supporting role – Drama
Fionn O’Shea – Normal People 

Actress in a supporting role – Drama
Sarah Greene – Normal People 

Short film

Short animation
Her Song

Kate McCullough – Normal People 

Úna Ní Dhonghaíle – Misbehaviour 

Production design
Lucy van Lonkhuyzen – Normal People 

Leonie Prendergast – Gretel & Hansel 

Hair and makeup
Linda Gannon Foster & Liz Byrne - Gretel & Hansel 

Original score
Aza Hand – Son 

Sound design
Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady, & Niall O Sullivan – Normal People

Ed Bruce & Robert Hartigan - Kidding