Film Sunday, 21 February 2010

IFTA winners are announced in Dublin

The winners of the 7th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards have been announced at a gala ceremony in The Burlington Hotel in Dublin.

During the ceremony, which took place last night, 'The Eclipse' was named Best Film, while Jim Sheridan picked up the award for Best Director for 'Brothers'.

For a full list of IFTA winners click here.

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Colin Farrell picked up the Best Actor award for his performance in Neil Jordan's 'Ondine', with teenage star Saoirse Ronan claiming the award for Best Actress for her role in 'The Lovely Bones'.

Aidan Quinn was presented with the award for Best Supporting Actor for 'The Eclipse', while Dervla Kirwan picked up the award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 'Ondine'.

Watch our IFTAs Red Carpet Interviews here.

In television categories, Brendan Gleeson was named Best Actor in a Lead Role for 'Into The Storm', while Elaine Cassidy picked up the award for Best Actress in a Lead Role for 'Harper's Island'.

Stephen Rea was named Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 'Father & Son' and Sarah Bolger claimed the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 'The Tudors'.

'The Clinic' claimed the award for Best Drama Series/Soap, with 'Five Minutes of Heaven' picking up the award for Best Single Drama/Drama Serial.

The IFTA for Best Current Affairs programme went to RTÉ's 'The Frontline', with TV3's 'The Apprentice' claiming the award for Best Entertainment Show.

The award for Best Documentary Series went to 'Blood of the Irish', while 'Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous' claimed the award for Best Single Documentary.

RTÉ's 'Grand Slam Journey' picked up the award for Best Sports Programme, while 'TV3 News at 5.30' claimed the award for Best News Programme.

The award for Best Animation went to 'The Secret of Kells', while 'Rásaí na Gaillimhe' claimed the Special Irish Language Award.

In international categories, 'The Hurt Locker' was named Best Film, Meryl Streep picked up the award for Best Actress for 'It's Complicated' and Robert Downey Jr was named the Best Actor for his role in 'Sherlock Holmes'.

Acclaimed director John Boorman was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, with a host of stars, including Brendan Gleeson, Jon Voight, Pierce Brosnan and Juliette Binoche, paying tribute to him.

Speaking about the awards, IFTA CEO Áine Moriarty said: "It is truly inspiring to see the exceptional talent and creative work coming from the Irish film and television industry continue to entertain, engage and capture the imagination of audiences here in Ireland and abroad."

"I would like to congratulate all IFTA winners and nominees for their fine achievements this year."

Missed the IFTAs last night? Why not catch up on the RTÉ player here?

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