The winners of the 2021 Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, which took place practically this year, have been announced. Scroll down to see the full list.
TV series success Normal people dominated the small screen awards, winning nine of its 15 nominations. The show took home awards such as Best Drama, Best Drama Director for Lenny Abrahamson, and Best Actor for Paul Mescal.
In receiving his award, Mescal thanked producers Element Pictures and director Lenny Abrahamson, and also described his co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones as “one of the most incredible actresses working in our industry.”
Animated feature Wolfwalkers won the Best Picture award, only the second time in history that an animation has won the award, after Song of the sea in 2015, which also came from Kilkenny-based Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon.
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Josh Brolin presented the award and said: “My own story with Ireland is that at 20 I was in Dublin and I walked blindly into a cinema in a movie called My left Foot, and left a changed man. Ireland has had a huge impact on me, so I just wanted to congratulate all the nominees because I know how difficult it is to translate an idea into a film. “
Cathy brady Wildfire I also had a good night, with the filmmaker taking the award for Best Director’s Picture, presented by Colin Farrell. “I am very proud to see such great Irish directing talent nominated here tonight. All of them brave and determined artists, who share a bold new vision of Irish cinema, ”said Farrell. Nika McGuigan also won Best Picture Actress for Wildfire.
Mark Hamill presented the IFTA Rising Star award to Bridgerton actress Nicola Coughlan. “I am really surprised, oh my gosh, I am so surprised. Hearing Luke Skywalker say my name is a shock! I am so proud to be an Irish actor, I am so proud to be so proud of it! This is so special because all you really want is for the people at home to be happy with what you are doing. I was at the BAFTAs when Paul [Mescal] he won and it felt like a win for everyone. So being recognized at home is really so special, it’s so amazing and I’m very grateful, thank you very much, ”she said.
Furthermore, Gabriel Byrne won the Best Actor award for his performance in Death of a ladies man. Olivia Colman presented the award. Byrne said, “Well that’s a real shock to me, thank you, and I’m not just saying that. [The other nominees are…] All great actors and I am honored to be among them. “
IFTA Film & Drama Awards 2021 Winners:
The best movie
Cathy Brady – Wildfire
Clare Dunne and Malcom Campbell – Herself
Lead Actor – Movie
Gabriel Byrne – Death of a womanizer
Lead Actress – 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 documentary feature film
Lenny Abrahamson – Normal people
Sally Rooney – Normal people
Lead Actor – Drama
Paul Mescal – Normal people
Actress in a Leading Role – Drama
Dervla Kirwan – Drown
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
Unite Ní Dhonghaíle – Misbehavior
Lucy van Lonkhuyzen – Normal people
Leonie Prendergast – Gretel and hansel
Linda Gannon Foster and Liz Byrne – Gretel and hansel
Hand of Aza – Sun
Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady and Niall O Sullivan – Normal people
Ed Bruce and Robert Hartigan – It’s a prank