Some of the best known names in the Irish film and TV industry gathered in Dublin on Saturday evening for the IFTA Film and Drama Awards.

Among the early arrivals on the red carpet was Best Film Actress nominee, Seána Kerslake, who was in the running for her star turn in the Irish box office hit A Date for Mad Mary, which is about a young woman trying to connect with her old life following her release from prison.

Séana and Charleigh being interviewed on the red carpet

Séana, who was also nominated in the Rising Star category, told RTÉ Entertainment that her nomination was "the icing on the cake for the film" 

Check out all the nominees and winners here

"It's my second nomination in this category and I'm feeling great to among such amazing company".

Not only did A Date for Mad Mary pull off one of the big surprises on the night by taking home the Best Film Award, it also made an impression in the acting awards with Séana's co-star Charleigh Bailey winning the Best Supporting Actress (Film) award.

Séana herself missed out on the Best Actress (Film) Award which unsurprisingly went to Ruth Negga for her Oscar nominated performance in Loving.

Best Supporting Actress (Film) winner Charleigh Bailey for A Date with Mad Mary

Also turning heads on the red carpet was actress Amy Huberman.

Capping a very successful year, she said she was "really happy but really surprised" to win a Best Actress Award for her role in the legal TV drama, Striking Out.

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment afterwards, she said that "I was really ready to do drama as I've done comedy for the last few gigs.I was ready to throw myself into something along a more serious plane and flex that muscle."

Stunning as ever - award winner Amy Huberman

Tonight's event was hosted by comedian Deirdre O'Kane.

Speaking before the awards, she said she was delighted to be asked back to MC for a second time and said it was a thrill "to be a part of such a prestigious and significant event.”

Deirdre O'Kane was your host for the evening

One of the most hotly-contested categories on Saturday night was the IFTA Rising Star Award, with Barry Keoghan, Seána Kerslake, Patrick Gibson, and Young Offenders director Peter Foott all in the running.

The award, which is selected by a special jury and sponsored by the Irish Film Board, went to 21-year old Patrick Gibson who came to international prominence thanks to Netflix sci-fi drama, The OA.

IFTA Rising Star winner Paddy Gibson

Speaking before the awards, Gibson said even being nominated was something he was still trying to get his head around.

"Honestly, it's something I never expected or even thought about. I'm not 'I dreamt about this all my life' but it's really nice to get this recognition, and mainly from home, where I'm from", he said.

Com Meaney won for his role in The Journey

Other award winners on the night included Colm Meaney who won Best Actor (Film) for his role as Martin McGuinness in The Journey, while Cillian Murphy picked up the Best Actor (Drama) Award for Peaky Blinders.

Best Documentary went to Mattress Men and the winner of the Best Short Film was Emmet Kirwan's viral film Heartbreak.

Highlights of the IFTA Film and Drama Awards will be shown on RTÉ One next Tuesday at 10.15pm.