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.
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
George Morrison feature documentary
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
Kate McCullough – Normal People
Úna Ní Dhonghaíle – Misbehaviour
Lucy van Lonkhuyzen – Normal People
Leonie Prendergast – Gretel & Hansel
Hair and makeup
Linda Gannon Foster & Liz Byrne - Gretel & Hansel
Aza Hand – Son
Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady, & Niall O Sullivan – Normal People
Ed Bruce & Robert Hartigan - Kidding