Donald Clarke

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Calvary and Jamie Dornan win big at merry Iftas

We have all the winners from last night’s bash.

Sun, Apr 6, 2014, 12:41


I wasn’t at the Irish Film and Television Awards last night, but, if the TV coverage told any truths, it was a fairly festive occasion. Not for the first time, the audience buzz became so obtrusive that, by close of play, it was hard to hear what the winners were saying. For that reason, I eventually moved away to another channel and left reportage to those actually in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

Anyway, it’s always nice to see our many talented industry professionals get their due. The big winners in the film category were John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary, Neil Jordan’s Byzantium and Stephen Frears’s Philomena. Calvary took best film and Brendan Gleeson won best actor for the ambitious state-of-the-nation drama. TV gongs went the way of continuing sensation Love/Hate, seductive charmer Moone Boy and fine sleeper hit Amber. But the most honoured small-screen entity was serial-killer shocker The Fall. Jamie Dornan won best actor for that series and also collected the Irish Film Board rising star award. Indeed, a glance at Twitter might give the impression that the evening was all about Mr Dornan. Even the mighty Michael Fassbender — who won best supporting film actor for 12 Years a Slave — was swept aside by the surge of digital support for the young Northern Irish star. It looks as if the folk behind 50 Shades of Grey did good when they cast him as posh sex-thug Christian Grey. The dude is everywhere.

Dornan in full sizzle mode. So this is what passes for good looking these days? Hmph!



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

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

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

Actor in a Lead Role Film
Brendan Gleeson, Calvary (Octagon Films and Reprisal Films)

Actress in a Leading Role Film
Saoirse Ronan, Byzantium (Parallel Films & Number 9 Films)

Actor in a Supporting Role Film
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave (Entertainment One)

Actress in a Supporting Role Film
Sinead Cusack, The Sea (Samson Films)

George Morrison Feature Documentary
The Summit

International Film

International Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

International Actress
Judi Dench Philomena


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

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

Script for a TV 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