And The IFTA Winners Are...

As expected, Saoirse Ronan, who was also recently nominated for an Oscar, won Best Actress for her mesmerising performance in the critically acclaimed movie 'Lady Bird' at last night's IFTA awards.

While John Connors won the Best Actor award for his very good performance in the gritty 'Cardboard Gangsters', which has been one of the most successful Irish-produced films in recent years.

Rising star Barry Keoghan won the Best Supporting Actor gong for his chilling performance in 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'.

The film 'Michael Inside' scooped the best movie award and Ethan Hawke was awarded the best international actor gong for 'Maudie'.

The Best International Actress award went to Frances McDormand for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

While on the night, President Michael D Higgins, a former Hot Press contributor, presented Gabriel Byrne with a lifetime achievement award.

"It's emotional in the sense that I'm looking at more than just work. I'm looking at quite a few things: family, friends, my own particular journey emotionally through that time, and thinking of people who aren't here, who have passed on," Gabriel Byrne told RTE last night.

Martin McDonagh won the best screenplay award for his critically acclaimed movie 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'. But he didn't win best director, with that award instead going to Aisling Walsh for her film 'Maudie', which stars Ethan Hawke.

The Best Supporting Actress award went to Victoria Smurfit for her role in 'The Lears'.

On the TV front, Cillian Murphy won best actor in a drama for 'Peaky Blinders' and best across went to Caitriona Balfe for her role in 'Outlander'.

Another 'Peaky Blinders' cast member, Charlie Murphy won Best Supporting Actress on the night.

Liam Cunningham scooped the TV Best Supporting Actor gong for 'Game of Thrones', which also won Best Drama on the night.

Here's the full list of winners:

Best International Film: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Drama: Game of Thrones

Best Actress: Film: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Best Actor: Film, John Connors, Cardboard Gangsters

Best Director: Film: Aisling Walsh, Maudie

Best Actress: Drama: Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Best Actor: Drama : Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders

Best Supporting Actor: Film: Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Best Supporting Actress: Film : Victoria Smurfit, The Lears

Best Supporting Actor: Drama : Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones

Best Supporting Actress: Drama : Charlie Murphy, Peaky Blinders

Best International Actress : Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best International Actor : Ethan Hawke, Maudie

Rising Star Award : Jacob McCarthy, The Drummer & the Keeper

Casting Director Award : Ros Hubbard

Best Scriptwriter: Film : Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director: Drama :Dearbhla Walsh, Fargo

George Morrison Feature Documentary Award :The Farthest

Best Costume Design : Consolata Boyle, Victoria & Abdul

Best Make-Up & Hair : Clare Lambe & Sevlene Roddy, Into the Badlands

Best Editing : Úna Ní DhonghaIle, Three Girls

Best Live Action Short Film : Wave

Best Animated Short Film :Late Afternoon

Best Writer: Drama :Conor McPherson, Paula

Best Cinematography :Seamus McGarvey, The Greatest Showman

Best Production Design : John Hand, Maudie

Best Original Music :Stephen McKeon, Pilgrimage

Best Sound : Steve Fanagan & Kieran Horgan, The Farthest

Best VFX :Tailored Films & Bowsie Workshop, The Lodgers


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