Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt in awards heaven

Hollywood upped sticks and dropped into Dublin for the Irish Film and Television Awards.

It was Tinseltown without the sunshine as veterans Jon Voight and John Boorman joined heartthrobs such as Matt Dillon and Josh Hartnett on the red carpet.

Over 150 nominated actors, directors and crew members were present in the hope of winning one of 39 cast-iron statuettes, voted for by Irish Film & Television Academy members.

Five Minutes Of Heaven — which stars Co Antrim actors Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt and explores the legacy of violence in Northern Ireland — won the IFTA for Single Drama/ Drama Serial.

A special lifetime achievement prize was presented to film-maker Boorman in recognition of his work spanning five decades.

Saoirse Ronan spoke of her pride at being Irish as she picked up a gong in the best actress category for her role in The Lovely Bones.

The 15-year old Carlow girl said that the award was all the more special as she was also up for a BAFTA.

Another big Hollywood Irish actor getting a gong at Dublin's Burlington Hotel was Colin Farrell, who won Best Actor in a Lead Role Film for Ondine.

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