‘Normal People’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ triumph at Irish Film & TV Awards – Deadline


The winners have been announced for the 2021 Irish Film & Television Academy Awards, which took place virtually this year. Scroll down for the full list.

Hit television series Normal people topped the small screen awards, winning nine of its 15 nominations. The show won awards including Best Drama, Best Dramatic Director for Lenny Abrahamson and Best Actor for Paul Mescal.

Upon receiving her award, Mescal thanked producers Element Pictures and director Lenny Abrahamson, and also described co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones as “one of the most incredible actresses working in our industry.”

Animated functionality Wolf walkers won the award for best film, only the second time in history that an animated film has won the award, after Song of the sea in 2015, which also came from the Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon based in Kilkenny.

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Josh Brolin presented the award stating: “My own history with Ireland is that when I was 20 I was in Dublin and I blindly walked into a cinema on a film called My left foot, and left a changed man. Ireland had a huge impact on me, so I just wanted to congratulate all the nominees because I know how difficult it is to translate an idea into a movie.

that of Cathy Brady Fires Also had a good evening, with the filmmaker winning the Best Director award, presented by Colin Farrell. “I am so proud to see such a great talent as an Irish director nominated here tonight. All are fearless and determined artists, sharing a bold new take on Irish cinema, ”commented Farrell. Nika McGuigan also won the award for Best Actress Feature for Fires.

Mark Hamill presented the IFTA Rising Star Award to Bridgerton actress Nicola Coughlan. “I’m really shocked – oh my god I’m so shocked. Hearing Luke Skywalker say my name is such a shock! I’m so proud to be an Irish actor, I’m so proud to be so proud of it! It’s so special because all you really want is for the people at home to be happy with what you’re doing. I was at the BAFTAs when Paul [Mescal] won and it was like a victory for everyone. So to be recognized at home is really so special, it’s so amazing and I’m so grateful, thank you so much, ”she said.

Elsewhere, Gabriel Byrne won the award for best actor film for his performance in Death of a ladies’ man. Olivia Colman presented the award. Byrne said: “Well that’s a real shock to me, thank you – and I’m not just saying that. [The other nominees are…] All great actors and I am honored to be among them.

Winners of the IFTA Film & Drama Awards 2021:

Best film

Wolf walkers


Cathy Brady – Fires

Screenplay film

Clare Dunne and Malcom Campbell – Se

Actor in a Leading Role – Film

Gabriel Byrne – Death of a ladies’ man

Actress in a Leading Role – Film

Nika McGuigan – Fires

Supporting Actor – Film

Barry Ward – Amber encounter

Supporting Actress – Film

Sharon Horgan – Amber encounter

Rising star

Nicola coughlan

Documentary George Morrison

To burst


Normal people

Drama director

Lenny Abrahamson – Normal people

Dramatic scenario

Sally Rooney – Normal people

Actor in a Leading Role – Drama

Paul Mescal – Normal people

Actress in a Leading Role – Drama

Dervla Kirwan – To choke

Supporting Actor – Drama

Fionn O’Shea – Normal people

Supporting Actress – Drama

Sarah Greene – Normal people

Short film


Short animation

His song


Kate McCullough – Normal people


Úna Ní Dhonghaile – Misbehavior

Production design

Lucy van Lonkhuyzen – Normal people


Leonie Prendergast – Gretel & Hansel

Hairdressing and makeup

Linda Gannon Foster & Liz Byrne – Gretel & Hansel

Original score

Aza Main – Son

Sound design

Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady and Niall O Sullivan – Normal people


Ed Bruce and Robert Hartigan – Joke

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