CANNES - "Calvary," "Byzantium" and "Philomena" were the biggest winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin, with each film taking three awards.
Guests at the event, which was hosted by the Irish Film and Television Academy, included Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Neil Jordan, Amy Huberman, Colm Meaney, Jack Reynor, Killian Scott, Eva Birthistle and Victoria Smurfit.
Saoirse Ronan, and makeup and hair.
Michael Fassbender took the award for film supporting actor for "12 Years a Slave." Sinead Cusack took home the supporting actress accolade for her performance in the adaptation of John Banville's "The Sea."
The big television drama winner on the night was Northern Irish crime series "The Fall," which collected the award for drama, actor for Jamie Dornan's role as serial killer Paul Spector, and David Holmes for music. Dornan also collected the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award.
Crime drama "Love/Hate" took home two IFTAs on the night including supporting actor for Peter Coonan and Stuart Carolan, who won for TV script. Sky series "Moone Boy" was also a big winner, winning entertainment program and director drama/comedy for Ian Fitzgibbon. Eva Birthistle won the IFTA for actress TV for her role as the grieved mother in missing child-drama "Amber." The supporting actress in TV award went to Michelle Fairley for her tragic finale season on HBO's "Game of Thrones."
Cinematographer PJ Dillon won the director of photography film/TV drama award for the Victorian-era period drama "Ripper Street," while Emer Reynolds won the editing film/TV drama award for the feature documentary "Here Was Cuba," which she also co-directed. Ronan Hill won the IFTA for sound film/drama for his work on "Game of Thrones."
Anna Rodgers won the TV director IFTA for her sensitive portrayal of relationships and disability in "Somebody to Love."
Ray Roantree won the editing television award for the political documentary "Looking After No.1," and the sound TV award went to "John Sheahan: A Dubliner."
In the factual categories, the feature documentary award was presented to "The Summit"; TV documentary was won by "The Disappeared"; factual program went to "Seamus Heaney - Postscript" and "Breach of Trust" received the IFTA for current affairs.
The IFTA for sport was awarded to "Paidi O Se - Ri an Pharoiste," and other winners on the night included self-improvement series "Operation Transformation" (reality show), "1916: Seachtar Dearmadta" (Irish language), "The Octonauts" (children's/youth), "The Last Days of Peter Bergmann" (Short Film) and "Tilly and Friends" (animation).
Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, received an honorary IFTA award for his outstanding contribution to the film and television industry.
11th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards
The winners in full:
Calvary (James Flynn, Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Octagon Films, Reprisal Films)
Neil Jordan, Byzantium (Parallel Films and Number 9 Films)
'Calvary,' 'Byzantium,' 'Philomena' Lead the Field at Irish Film and TV Awards
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