The annual Irish Film and Television Awards took place in Dublin last night. It was also a big night for Saoirse Ronan and John Connors, taking best actress and actor for their roles in “LadyBird” and “Cardboard Gangsters” respectively.
“Michael Inside” starring Waterford’s Moe Dunford alongside Dafhyd Flynn and Lalor Roddy, won Best Film for its depiction of an 18 year old living in inner city Dublin who’s sent to prison for holding drugs.
On a world stage, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” was the big winner, taking Best International Film, Best International Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Screenplay for Martin McDonagh.
On the small screen, Cillian Murphy won Best Actor in a Drama for “Peaky Blinders,” while Best Actress went to Catriona Balfe for “Outlander.”
Other winners on the night were Aisling Walsh who got Best Director for “Maudie,” and there was a lifetime achievement award for Gabriel Byrne.
Best Drama went to “Game of Thrones” and Liam Cunningham took Best Supporting Actor in a drama for his role in the show.
Victoria Smurfit and Barry Keoghan got best supporting actress and supporting actor for “The Lears” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.”