Those IFTA awards in full
Can we call this year’s awards the Noble Prizes? It looks as if we already have.
As you will be aware, the IFTA Awards took place at the Mansion House on Sunday evening. Alas, we were covering the Cannes Film Festival (it’s a hard life and so on), so we were not here to note the triumphs for deserving talent. It was good to see animation triumph with a best film win for Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea. Jim Sheridan was there to pick up a lifetime achievement award from Sean Bean and Love/Hate ran away with a hatful of gongs. (Rather eccentrically, the current bifurcated awards begin with a session dedicated to TV drama and film.) Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day also did well with awards for best actor — to the up-and-coming Moe Dunford — and for best screenplay. Lenny Abrahamson was name best director for the excellent Frank.
But the biggest winner of the evening was surely the indomitable campaigner Christina Noble. Two actresses won awards for portraying Ms Noble in Stephen Bradley’s titular biopic: Deirdre O’Kane and Sarah Kane. The excellent In A House that Ceased to Be, a study of Ms Noble’s life and work, was honoured as best documentary. It’s quite an achievement for the tireless Dubliner.
By all accounts, much fun was had at an event that surged with celebration following the previous day’s victory for the “Yes” campaign Who’d have though the theatrical community would be in favour? I’m joking, of course.
THE 2015 IFTA AWARDS
Best Director Film: Lenny Abrahamson for Frank
Best Script Film: Terry McMahon for Patrick’s Day
Irish Film Board Rising Star: Sarah Greene
Best Lead Actor Film: Moe Dunford for Patrick’s Day
Best Lead Actress Film: Deirdre O’Kane for Noble
Best Supporting Actor Film: Domhnall Gleeson for Frank
Best Supporting Actress Film: Sarah Greene
George Morrison Feature Documentary: In A House That Ceased To Be
Best Animation Short: Somewhere Down The Line
Best Short Film: Rockmount
Best Drama in association with BAI: Love/Hate 5
Best Director Drama: Ciaran Donnelly for Vikings
Best Script Drama: Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate
Best Lead Actor Drama: Aidan Gillen for Charlie
Best Lead Actress Drama: Charlie Murphy for Love/Hate
Best Supporting Actor Drama: Stephen Rea for The Honourable Woman
Best Supporting Actress Drama: Aisling Franciosi for The Fall
Best Director of Photography: James Mather for Frank
Best Costume Design: Lorna Marie Mugan for Peaky Blinders
Best Editing: Emer Reynolds for One Million Dubliners
Best Make-Up and Hair sponsored by M.A.C.: Vikings
Best Original Score: Stephen McKeon for Queen and Country
Best Production Design: John Paul Kelly for The Theory of Everything
Best Sound: Patrick’s Day
Best International Film: Boyhood
Best International Actor: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
Best International Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice