Real Time Updates on IFTA Awards RTÉ Broadcast

The IFTA awards were broadcast from 9:40pm on Saturday, 11th February on RTÉ 1. Film Ireland’s Gordon Gaffney and Michelle Cunningham were on hand with all the news, interviews with winners, exclusive photos and backstage gossip.

00:04 Full list of winners:

BEST FILM – The Guard – Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe (Reprisal Films / Element Pictures)

DIRECTOR FILM John Michael McDonagh – The Guard (Reprisal Films / Element Pictures )

SCRIPT FILM John Michael McDonagh – The Guard (Reprisal Films / Element Pictures )

ACTOR – FILM Michael Fassbender – Shame (Momentum Pictures)

ACTRESS – FILM Saoirse Ronan –Hanna (Universal Films)

SUPPORTING ACTOR – FILM Chris O’Dowd – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS – FILM Fionnula Flanagan – The Guard (Reprisal Films / Element Pictures )

GEORGE MORRISON FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD Bernadette; Notes on a Political Journey- Lelia Doolan, (Digital Quilts)

SPECIAL IRISH LANGUAGE AWARD Corp + Anam – Paddy Hayes (Magamedia)

ANIMATION The Boy in the Bubble – Kealan O’ Rourke (Igloo Films)

PHILIPS SHORT FILM AWARD Foxes- Lorcan Finnegan (Lovely Productions)


INTERNATIONAL FILM Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

INTERNATIONAL ACTOR Ryan Gosling – Drive (Eclipse Pictures)

INTERNATIONAL ACTRESS Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film Productions)


DIRECTOR TELEVISION DRAMA David Caffrey – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

WRITER TELEVISION DRAMA Stuart Carolan – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

ACTOR – TELEVISION Aidan Gillen – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

ACTRESS – TELEVISION Ruth Negga – Shirley (Prospect Cymru Wales)

SUPPORTING ACTOR – TELEVISION Tom Vaughan-Lawlor – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS – TELEVISION Denise McCormack – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)


COSTUME DESIGN (FILM / TV DRAMA) Consolata Boyle – The Iron Lady (Eclipse Pictures

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (FILM / TV DRAMA) Seamus McGarvey – We Need To Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)

EDITING (FILM / TV DRAMA) Isobel Stephenson – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)

M.A.C MAKE-UP & HAIR (FILM / TV DRAMA) Lorraine Glynn / Lynn Johnston – Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film Productions)

ORIGINAL SCORE (FILM / TV DRAMA) Brian Byrne – Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film Productions)

PRODUCTION DESIGN (FILM / TV DRAMA) Anna Rackard – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)

SOUND (FILM / TV DRAMA) Albert Nobbs – Brendan Deasy, Niall Brady, Michelle Cunniffe, Steve Fanagan (Parallel Film Productions)


DIRECTOR TELEVISION Gary Keane – The Writing in the Sky (Real Films)

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY TELEVISION Peter Robertson – Waterways (Tile Films)

EDITING TELEVISION Ray Roantree – The Ashes of 9/11 (RTÉ)

SOUND TELEVISION The Writing in the Sky – Killian Fitzgerald/Aza Hand (Real Films)



The Importance of Being Whatever – Martina Niland & David Collins (Accomplice TV)

CURRENT AFFAIRS / NEWS Prime Time Investigates: The Home Care Scandal – Adrian Lydon (RTÉ)

DOCUMENTARY SERIES Waterways – Stephen Rooke (Tile Films)

DOCUMENTARY The Blood of the Travellers – Liam McGrath (Scratch Films)

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME Mrs Brown’s Boys – Brendan O’Carroll & Justin Healy (BBC / RTÉ)

FACTUAL PROGRAMME The Only Viking In The Village – Anne Heffernan & Bernadine Carraher (Mind the Gap)

REALITY PROGRAMME ICA Bootcamp (Independent Pictures)

SPORTS Eamonn Coghlan – Man on a Mission – (Motive Television)


23:44 So that’s the IFTAs over for another year, what was your highlight?  What didn’t you like?  Feel free to comment below.

23:42 Element Pictures’ The Guard picks up Best Film. No surprise there.

23:40 John Michael McDonagh wins again, this time Best Director Film for, of course, The Guard.

23:37 A stunning Olivia Tracey presents Best Actor Film IFTA to Michael Fassbender for Shame. Dedicates his award to his sister Catherine. He told us afterwards that he has spent the last 5 months listening to his own voice thinking I’m such a boring guy and I talk a lot of shit.

23:24 A genuinely surprised Fionnula Flanagan picks up the IFTA for Best Supporting Actress Film. She told us afterwards she had been thrown out of the Abbey School, soon after she was walking down the street and met the director of The Abbey Theatre, he told her to try out forA n Tríal in the Damer Hall on St Stephen’s Green. She got the part and it was her big break.  Also she felt she was in good company as Peter O’Toole was also thrown out of  the Abbey School.

23:11 It’s the RTÉ Guide Television Moment of the Year award voted for by the public presented by the lovely Laura Whitmore.

It’s the Shams goal to qualify for the Europa League.  I’m a Sligo Rovers fan, they are called Shams we are called Rovers.

23:09 Special Irish Language Award goes to Corp agus Anam.

23:08 Also Ryan Tubridy is not very fond of twitter, saying that there are a small number of very loud people on it.

23:06 Barry Murphy with some better jokes and timing presents the Best Reality Programme award. ICA Bootcamp wins it.

22:58 Ryan Tubridy to present Best Enteratinment Programme.  Gordon is crossing his fingers for Hardy Bucks.

No, Mrs Brown’s Boys storms to the win Best Entertainment Programme.  Speaking to us afterwards Brendan O’Carroll said he was bored until he won.

22:55 Armand Assante to present Best Actress in a Lead Role Film. Saoirse Ronan wins, her Dad Paul picks up the award after a short amusing delay. He had to answer the call of nature he told the audience which unfortunately didn’t make the broadcast.

22:50 Also well done to Lorcan Finnegan the director of Foxes, that won the Philips Short Film Award.

22:48 Brian@waxiebanjo tweets for us to spare a thought for all the film & tv professionals who are out of work/didn’t work in 2011.  Indeed Brian, well said.

22:45 Passionate speech from President Michael D Higgins as he introduces Fionnula Flanagan to receive her Lifetime Achievement Award.

Speaking to us afterwards she said very moved by the President’s speech and generous words from her peers.  Those she liked working with over her long career include Brendan Gleeson, Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman and Jim Carrey.  Also she is in Dublin working on Lance Daly’s new film Life’s a Breeze.


22:28 Dana Delany presenting the award for Best Actor in Supporting Role Film.  Nice use of word ‘Filim’ too.

Good man Chris!  Chris O’Dowd is Best Actor in a Supporting Role Film.  Speaking afterwards Chris said ‘I haven’t won anything since UCD best kisser of 1998’. He also told us he tried to convince Kristin Wiig to have the premieres in Ireland instead of London and that he had done loads of things that he would happily never talk about but Bridesmaids is something to be proud of.

22:20 Best Current Affairs and News, Fair City’s Aoibheann McCaul and Aoibhin Garrihy to present.

And the winner is Prime Time Investigates: The Home Care Scandal wins Best Current Affairs and News.

22:17 Brendan O’Carroll to present Best Documentary Series. Do you find him funny?

Waterways wins.  Producer Stephen Rooke’s Saving the Titanic features in the Spring 2012 Issue of Film Ireland out now.

22:09 Colin Morgan up to present the award  for Actress in a Lead Role Television.

It’s Ruth Negga for Shirley. All shy and gorgeous. Speaking afterwards she said wished she was funny and eloquent but she was not she was nervous. She heard rumours that Shirley Bassey really liked Shirley. Good for her!  Also she doesn’t want any more singing roles as she can’t sing.

22:07 Not many people laughing at that Russell Brand ‘joke’ there.

22:05 Director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes Rupert Wyatt to present the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award, no stranger to these shores as he shot The Escapist here a few years back.

22:01 Our host for the evening Simon Delaney getting stuck into the crowd, in a good natured non-Ricky Gervais way.  What did you think?

21:35 So the show is over, stay tuned here for updates once we leave CCD.

18:43.  Ok that’s us done for now.  The ceremony is kicking off but don’t worry there won’t be any spoilers from us, we will have full reports and more photos from 9:40pm.

18:42 Leigh Arnold excited at having a big night out at 7 months pregnant.

18:40 Michael Fassbender and Chris O’Dowd..just after a big man hug.

18:31 Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd with fiancé Dawn Porter.


18:29 Brian O’Driscoll & Amy Huberman …very stylish.

18:28 Roz Purcell with the Irish Masterchefs Nick Munier, left, and Dylan McGrath, right.

18:11 Brendan Gleeson delighted with the success of The Guard.

18:08 Ahh! It’s Michael Fassbender…we got up close.

18:03 Roz Purcell showing us her purse!

18:00 The Hardy Bucks are here!

17:57 It’s a super smiley Bill Cullen! ‘It doesn’t matter what you wear it’s what you say’, a direct quote.

17:56 CSI’s AJ Buckley talks about his Irish roots.

17:47 Kathryn Thomas, looking very stylish. But who is yer man in the background?

17:46 Lady of the hour Fionnula Flanagan is ‘honoured’ by the lifetime achievement award she’ll be receiving later.

17:36 Dana Delaney looking glamorous in Prada, she told us in not so many words that she turned down the role of Carrie in SATC. That’s Sex and the City to the lads.

17:31 Miriam O’Callaghan in a Marion Murphy Cooney dress, looking as elegant as always.

17:21 Dublin actor Brian O’Byrne , best known for his role as Fr. Horvak in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby.

17:18 Brendan O’Carroll on the red carpet, he said he is a member of Mensa.  Is he joking or not?

16:04 Early birds gathering to catch a glimpse at the stars that will be arriving from 4:30pm.




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