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The Fall pips Love/Hate to the post at the IFTAs

Leading man Jamie Dornan was named Best Actor and Rising Star.

Image: BBC/RTÉ

LOVE/HATE’S IFTA dominance came to an end last night as RTÉ/BBC co-production The Fall walked away with Best TV Drama.

The gangland drama has a reputation for sweeping the board at the ceremony but 2014 just wasn’t to be its year.

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor’s Nidge surrendered his Best Actor crown to The Fall’s Jamie Dornan, who was also named this year’s Rising Star.

Meanwhile Amber’s Eva Birthistle trumped Love/Hate ladies Charlie Murphy and Mary Murray in the Best TV Actress category.

Love/Hate still took home two awards though: Peter Coonan was named Best Supporting Actor while writer Stuart Carolan was again honoured with the award for Best Script.

Other TV winners included Moone Boy – which pipped Mrs Brown’s Boys to the post in the Entertainment category for a second year running – RTÉ’s Operation Transformation, and creche expose Breach of Trust which was named Best News and Current Affairs programme.

Source: Irish Film Board/Octagon Pictures

Calvary was the big winner in the film categories, taking Best Film and Best Script for John Michael McDonagh.

Brendan Gleeson took home Best Actor for his performance in  the film, while Saoirse Ronan was named Best Actress for her performance in Best Director winner Neil Jordan’s Byzantium.

Nods in the supporting categories went to Sinead Cusack for The Sea and audience favourite Michael Fassbender for his Oscar-nominated performance in 12 Years A Slave.

Steve Coogan and Philomena Lee received a standing ovation as they took to the stage to collect the Best International Film award for Philomena. Judi Dench was named Best International Actress for her portrayal of the Limerick woman.

President Michael D Higgins was presented with an award for his Outstanding Contribution to Irish Film and Television.

The 2014 IFTA winners – In Full

Film Categories

  • Best Film - Calvary
  • Director - Neil Jordan, Byzantium
  • Script – John Michael McDonagh, Calvary
  • Actor - Brendan Gleeson, Calvary
  • Actress - Saoirse Ronan, Byzantium
  • Supporting Actor Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
  • Supporting Actress - Sinead Cusack, The Sea
  • George Morrison Feature Documentary - The Summit
  • Animation - Tilly & Friends
  • Short Film – The Last Days of Peter Bergman

International Categories

  • Best Film – Philomena
  • Actor - Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
  • Actress – Judi Dench, Philomena

TV Drama Categories

  • Best Drama - The Fall
  • Director TV Drama - Ian Fitzgibbon, Moone Boy
  • Script TV - Stuart Carolan, Love/Hate
  • Actor TV – Jamie Dornan, The Fall
  • Actress TV – Eva Birthistle, Amber
  • Supporting Actor TV - Peter Coonan, Love/Hate
  • Supporting Actress - Michelle Fairley, Game of Thrones

TV Categories

  • Director TV - Anna Rodgers, Somebody To Love
  • Entertainment - Moone Boy
  • Reality TV - Operation Transformation
  • Current Affairs/News – Breach of Trust, RTÉ
  • Documentary – The Disappeared
  • Documentary Series - John Lonergan’s Circus
  • Factual - Seamus Heaney, Iarscríbhinn
  • Sport - Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste
  • Childrens/Youth - Octonauts

Craft/Technical Categories

  • Costume - Consolata Boyle, Philomena
  • Director of Photography Film/Drama - PJ Dillon, Ripper Street
  • Production Design – Tom Conroy, Vikings
  • Editing Film/Drama - Emer Reynolds, Here Was Cuba
  • Sound Film/Drama – Game of Thrones
  • Makeup & Hair sponsored by M.A.C. - Byzantium
  • Original Score Film/Drama – David Holmes, The Fall
  • Director of Photography TV - Ronan Fox, John Sheahan: A Dubliner
  • Editing TV - Ray Roantree, Looking After No. 1
  • Sound TV - John Sheahan: A Dubliner

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