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Everything You Need To Know About The IFTAs 2023

Nessa Dinneen
Nessa Dinneen

11:26 8 May 2023

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All the stars were out in town last night!

The awards, which celebrate the best in Irish film and television from the past year, took place in the Royal Convention Centre in Dublin last night, with comedian Deirdre Kane presenting.

And no surprises that the 2 biggest winners were two of the most-talked about Irish productions of the last year. The film Banshees of Inisherin and TV show Bad Sisters took home a rake of the awards.

Sharon Horgan, who also wrote Bad Sisters, took home the award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama, while her co-star Anne Marie Duff (who played Grace) took home Best Supporting Actress. The show also won the overall award for Best Drama and its director Dearbhla Walsh won the award for Best Director in the Drama category.



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It was a big night for women in the Irish film and TV industry, with Lisa McGee picking up the award for best script for her much-talked about final episode of Derry Girls. And she met Michael D!



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Derry Girls star Siobhan McSweeney was present on the night, nominated for her leading role in the drama Holding, based on Graham Norton's novel (but lost out to Sharon Horgan).

Banshees of Inisherin, having lead the way of Irish success in Hollywood this year, was unsurprisingly a big winner on the night. Brendan Gleeson won for Best Supporting Actor and was there on the night to accept his award and give a lovely speech.

In his speech he acknowledged the strength of Irish film industry right now and said that we need to "keep reaching".

He was representing all the gang from Banshees of Inisherin as his costars weren't able to make it on the night. Kerry Condon won the award for Best Supporting Actress and the film itself won the overall award for Best Drama.


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Paul Mescal won Best Actor for his leading role in Aftersun, the same role he was nominated for at the Oscars, but wasn't able to make it to the Royal Convention Centre last night to accept his award in person.

Aisha, a film about direct provision, was nominated for 8 IFTAs, and its director Frank Berry ended up winning in his category.

The Oscar-winning team behind An Irish Goodbye won again in the Best Short Film category, and the film Nothing Compares about the life of Sinéad O'Connor won the award for Best Documentary.

There were also "international" awards to give out to non-Irish actors. Austin Butler won the best international actor award for Elvis, while Cate Blanchett won the best international actress award for Tár.

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Feature photo:  Nick Bradshaw for the Irish Times

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