Martin Scorsese, Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, as well as Normal People stars Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones, are just some of the A-list stars who presented awards virtually during the IFTAs 2020 on Sunday night.
Ordinary Love, starring Liam Neeson and Leslie Manville, won the IFTA 2020 for Best Film which was awarded by legendary Hollywood director Martin Scorsese. He also presented the Best Film 2019 IFTA to Black '47, which is set during the Famine and stars James Frecheville as Feeney, an Irish Ranger who has been fighting abroad for the British Army but becomes a deserter and returns home.
Andrew Scott zoomed into the ceremony, which was broadcast on Virgin Media One, from a sunny beach to pick up the award for Best Actor in a Drama for his role in Black Mirror: Smithereens. Despite his scenic surroundings, the Dublin native joked that he was in the "hell that is Dubrovnik".
"Oh, WOW thank you so much, everybody, that's incredible. Hello, Ireland. I miss you an incredible amount.I feel bereft for not having been home for such a longtime. This really makes me feel connected."
Pierce Brosnan announced Niamh Algar as the winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Film for Calm with Horses.
Accepting the award Algar praised the increased representation of women on screen: "I got into acting because I wanted to bring representation to women on screen.
"And every female actress here tonight is doing that. And it makes me incredibly proud to be an Irish actress so thank you very much IFTA".
Aisling Franciosi won the Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland Rising Star Award for her standout performance in The Nightingale.
Upon accepting the award she said: "This is actually a huge surprise and I'm honoured to be next to Niamh, Lee, Andy and Ryan. I'm always really proud of the work and the talent coming out of Ireland, and to get this award from home is really, really lovely".
Kerry native Jessie Buckey won two awards on the night - Best Actress Film, for her work in Wild Rose, and Best Supporting Actress Drama for Chernobyl.
Daisy Edgar-Jones & Paul Mescal of Normal People fame presented the awards for Best Short FIlm and Best Animated Short.
The on-screen couple, who captured and broke the hearts of audiences around the world, pointed to the strength of Ireland's Short Filmmakers with Edgar-Jones noting that Ireland has an incredible record with Short films with many IFTA nominees winning Oscars.
Mescal announced Welcome to a Bright White Limbo as this year’s winner. The award for Best Animated Short went to The Dream Report.
Winners of the IFTA Film & Drama Awards 2020
BEST FILM 2020: Ordinary Love
BEST FILM 2019: Black '47
DIRECTOR FILM: Paddy Breathnach - Rosie
SCRIPTWRITER FILM: Mark O'Halloran - Rialto
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE - FILM: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor - Rialto
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE - FILM: Jessie Buckley - Wild Rose
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - FILM: David Wilmot - Ordinary Love
ACTRESS SUPPORTING ROLE - FILM: Niamh Algar - Calm with Horses
GEORGE MORRISON FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid
IRISH FILM BOARD RISING STAR: Aisling Franciosi
SHORT FILM – LIVE ACTION: Welcome to a Bright White Limbo
ANIMATED SHORT FILM: The Dream Report
DIRECTOR – DRAMA: Dearbhla Walsh - The Handmaid’s Tale
SCRIPTWRITER – DRAMA: Mark O’Rowe - Temple
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE - DRAMA: Andrew Scott - Black Mirror: Smithereens
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE - DRAMA: Niamh Algar - The Virtues
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - DRAMA: Mark O’Halloran - The Virtues
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - DRAMA: Jessie Buckley - Chernobyl
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Piers McGrail - Never Grow Old
COSTUME DESIGN: Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh - The Rhythm Section
EDITING: Mick Mahon - Gaza
MAKEUP & HAIR: Liz Byrne & Linda Gannon - Black ‘47
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Kíla - Arracht
PRODUCTION DESIGN: John Leslie - Never Grow Old
SOUND: Brendan Rehill, Alan Scully & Peter Blayney - Arracht
VFX: Ed Bruce & Nicholas Murphy - We Have Always Lived in the Castle