All the winners (and very best red carpet style) from the 2023 IFTA Awards
08th May 2023
On Sunday 7 May, Ireland’s film industry elite stepped out for the 20th anniversary of the Irish Film & Television Academy Awards ceremony — and it was quite the celebration of homegrown talent.
This weekend marked the 20th anniversary of the Irish Film & Television Academy Awards at the Dublin Royal Convention Centre, a star-studded event dedicated to celebrating and honouring Irish and international actors, filmmakers and craftspeople.
Hosted by the inimitable Deirdre O’Kane, the 2023 IFTA Awards featured appearances by high-profile Irish and international guest presenters representing the very best in world-class filmmaking. Among them were Bob Geldof, John C Reilly, Amy Huberman, and Colm Meaney.
Holding up a spotlight to creative talent across a whopping 28 categories in film, drama and television, the ceremony will be broadcast tonight on RTÉ2 from 9.35pm. However, if you just can’t wait to find out who won what, we’ve got a full list of the night’s winners right here…
Leading the pack with a grand total of 12 nominations was Bad Sisters, the thrilling dark comedy set in Howth, created by the one and only Sharon Horgan.
Picking up four awards, Sharon was awarded Actress in a Lead Role – Drama, while Dearbhla Walsh picked up the title of Best Director, and the show was named Best Drama of the year.
Though all four Garvey sisters were nominated in the Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama category, it was Ann Marie Duff who won it out for her powerful performance in the series.
Up against Aidan Turner from The Suspect, Conleth Hill from Holding, Jason O’Mara from Smother, Kerr Logan from North Sea Connection, and Vinnie McCabe from The Noble Call in the Lead Actor – Drama category, it was Stephen Rea who took home the title for his work in The English as Sheriff Robert Marshall.
After its truly incredible awards season run this year, it came as no surprise that Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin won the overall title of Best Film at the 2023 IFTAs. Though Kerry Condon was not present on the night, she was awarded Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Banshees, with Brendan Gleeson taking home the award for Actor in a Supporting Role – Film for his iconic, Oscar-worthy performance.
Winner of the Best Script for a Drama was Lisa McGee for Derry Girls.
Best Actress Film was awarded to Bríd Ní Neachtain for her role in Róise & Frank.
Emmy nominated director Aoife McArdle was announced as the 2023 Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland Rising Star for her work on AppleTV’s hit series Severence.
Paul Mescal won the Actor in a Lead Role – Film award for his moving performance in Aftersun.
Austin Butler won the Award for International Actor for his leading role as the iconic Elvis.
The International Actress Award went to Cate Blanchett for her performance in Tár.
Winner of the Best Supporting Actors in a Drama at the IFTA Awards is Ciarán Hinds for The Dry.
Frank Berry won two awards on the night, Best Director and Best Script Award for his film Aisha, while Best Cinematography was awarded to Piers McGrail for It Is In Us All.
The George Morrison Feature Documentary Award went to Nothing Compares, Best Live Action Short was awarded to the terrific Oscar-winning short An Irish Goodbye, and Soft Tissue took home the title of Best Animated Short.
The Academy Award winning film All Quiet on the Western Front won the Award for International Film.
Jim Sheridan presented renowned veteran Costume Designer Joan Bergin with the Irish Academy’s Industry Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to the Irish and international screen industry, across both film and television.
Bergin is an award-winning Costume Designer, best known for her acclaimed work on landmark Irish films such as My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, and Dancing at Lughnasa.
She was nominated for an IFTA award in 2003 for Veronica Guerin, and for two more in 2004 and 2007 for Laws of Attractions and The Prestige respectively before winning in 2008 and 2009 for the acclaimed television series The Tudors. In 2022, Bergin worked on Disenchanted, the sequel to Enchanted starring Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden.
Best Original Score was awarded to Sarah Lynch for her work in The Dry.
The Award for Best Editing went to Jonathan Redmond and Matt Villa for their combined work on Elvis, while Best Production Design went to Tamara Conboy for Aisha.
Best Hair & Make-Up was awarded to Joe Whelan and Tom McInerney for Vikings: Valhalla, Best Sound was awarded to Aza Hand, Alan Scully and Adrian Conway for The Sparrow, and Best Costume Design went to Consolata Boyle for Enola Holmes 2.
Donal Nolan won Best VFX for The Women King.
Naturally, red carpet style was at its peak throughout the night as actors, filmmakers and industry elite made their way into the Convention Centre. Take a peak a some of the fashion from the 2023 IFTA Awards below…
Imagery of winners by Andres Poveda, red carpet photography by Brian McEvoy