2017 Ifta Awards: ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ claims best picture

I think we lost a great Irishman,” Meaney continued. “We thought the language and the accents would be a problem,” Foott told The Irish Times. The hiccups that have marred previous Ifta bashes look to have been left behind. Deirdre O’Kane, hosting for the second time, remarked of one award winner: “We do love it when they win if they’ve travelled.”

Ifta were a little unlucky when, due to prior engagements, a few of the flashier winners were unable to attend. The statuettes were handed out to a well-behaved audience at the Mansion House in Dublin. In admirably progressive fashion, both men and women were subjected to spinning analysis. Most disappointing of all, Sir Michael Gambon, due to receive a lifetime achievement award, had to cancel his trip after being taken to hospital earlier in the week. There had been fears that, following the annus mirabilis of 2015, when Irish films garnered multiple Oscar nominations, the industry would suffer a creative hangover. The hugely ambitious Irish-language western series An Klondike was the most nominated entertainment of the night and it ended up grabbing best TV director for Dathai Keane and best supporting actor for the long-ubiquitous Ned Dennehy. Michael Flynn, the divan salesmen immortalised in Mattress Men, which won best documentary, wandered amiably about the pavement like an everyday movie fan. Darren Thornton, who co-wrote the script with his brother Colin, seemed sincerely surprised by the victory. For all that, the ceremony was carried off with efficiency and quiet flair. “I was very moved when Martin died. The great actor, who was born in Dublin, has since been released from care, but his doctors felt it unwise for him to travel. “This was one of those projects. Colm Meaney with his wife Ines Glorian at the Mansion House. We got a few bites from outside Ireland and we thought maybe this could go a bit further. Oscar nominee Ruth Negga was awarded best actress in her absence for a beautifully subtle performance in Jeff Nichols’s civil rights drama Loving. “Every once in a while we get to do something significant,” he said. The Siege of Jadotville won best director, best visual effects and, for Jason O’Mara, best supporting actor. The legendary producer Morgan O’Sullivan accepted best drama series for the hairy, decapitation-friendly Vikings. O’Kane kept the jokes flowing and – happy to relate – didn’t forget to get in the essential reference to an already legendary error at another awards ceremony. “To our mam, who was our inspiration and continues to be our inspiration,” he said. To recognise and celebrate a significant event in our history.”

The Journey fictionalises the conversations between McGuinness and Ian Paisley that led to the setting up of the Stormont Assembly. The Dubliner, who campaigned for McGuinness in the 2011 presidential election, was there to receive his award. They knew something we didn’t know.”

Colm Meaney won best actor in a film for his performance as the late Martin McGuinness in Nick Hamm’s The Journey. Peter Foott won best screenplay for The Young Offenders. A serious comedy concerning a young woman settling uneasily in Drogheda after a spell in prison, A Date for Mad Mary had won rave reviews since its premiere at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival last summer. Darren Thornton’s A Date for Mad Mary has won best picture at the Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta) for film and TV drama. Elaine Crowley, Clara Harte and Denise McCormack at the Ifta Awards. The Academy voters ended up spreading the love evenly between those and a number of other films. “None of us ever thought it would get to this stage,” he told me. In a slightly eccentric construction, this phase of the Ifta awards honours both film and television drama. “Sorry lads there’s been a mistake,” she said as Thornton and colleagues left the stage. But 2016 also delivered such admired domestic films as Richie Smyth’s The Siege of Jadotville, a Netflix production concerning a heroic moment for the Irish army, and Peter Foott’s hugely successful, eye-wateringly hilarious Cork comedy The Young Offenders. It meant a lot to me. Jimmy Nesbitt and the stars of The Young Offenders, Alex Murphy and Chris Walley, were among those allowing radial examination of their dinner jackets. Cillian Murphy was not there to pick up his best TV drama actor award for Peaky Blinders. Netflix bought it. This year, before a Mansion House painted in warming spring sun, the organiser erected a 360-degree camera podium to examine fashion in the manner of a Golden Globes broadcast. “But then we found that wasn’t a problem. 2017 Nominations & Winners

BEST FILM A Date for Mad Mary Love & Friendship The Secret Scripture The Siege of Jadotville Tomato Red The Young Offenders

ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE FILM Jamie Dornan – The Siege of Jadotville Michael Fassbender – The Light Between Oceans Colm Meaney – The Journey Alex Murphy – The Young Offenders Mark O’Halloran – History’s Future

ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE FILM Caoilfhionn Dunne – In View Seana Kerslake – A Date for Mad Mary Aisling Loftus -Property of The State Ruth Negga – Loving Catherine Walker – A Dark Song

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE FILM Colin Farrell – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Brendan Gleeson – Trespass Against Us Ciaran Hinds – Bleed for This Jason O’Mara – The Siege of Jadotville Chris Walley – The Young Offenders

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE FILM Charleigh Bailey – A Date for Mad Mary Simone Kirby – Notes on Blindness Susan Lynch – Bad Day for the Cut Hilary Rose – The Young Offenders Fiona Shaw – Out of Innocence

DIRECTOR FILM Peter Foott – The Young Offenders Jim Sheridan – The Secret Scripture Richie Smyth – The Siege of Jadotville Darren Thornton – A Date for Mad Mary

SCRIPT FILM Kevin Brodbin – The Siege of Jadotville Peter Foott – The Young Offenders Darren Thornton & Colin Thornton – A Date for Mad Mary Juanita Wilson – Tomato Red

GEORGE MORRISON FEATURE DOCUMENTARY Atlantic – Risteard O Domhnaill Bobby Sands 66 Days – Trevor Birney In Loco Parentis – Neasa Ní Chianáin It’s Not Yet Dark – Lesley McKimm & Kathryn Kathleen Kennedy Mattress Men – Dave Clarke & Ciarán Deeney

SHORT FILM Animal – Niall Owens Baring Arms – Colm Quinn Gridlock – Ian Hunt Duffy Heartbreak – Dave Tynan Lily – Graham Cantwell Terminal – Natasha Waugh

ANIMATION Define Intervention – Sean Cunningham Don’t Forget the Bread – Gary Gill The Lost Letter – Kealan O’ Rourke Second to None – Vincent Gallagher

DRAMA An Klondike The Fall Game of Thrones Smalltown Striking Out Vikings

ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE IN DRAMA Dara Devaney – An Klondike 02 Cillian Murphy – Peaky Blinders James Nesbitt – The Secret Aidan Turner – Poldark Tom Vaughan-Lawlor – Trial of the Century

ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE IN DRAMA Caitriona Balfe – Outlander Elaine Cassidy – No Offence Anne Marie Duff – Murder: The Lost Weekend Amy Huberman – Striking Out Ruth Negga – Preacher

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN DRAMA Liam Cunningham – Game of Thrones Ned Dennehy – An Klondike Moe Dunford – Vikings Andrew Scott – The Hollow Crown Robert Sheehan – Fortitude

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN DRAMA Ruth Bradley – Humans Sinead Cusack – Call The Midwife Dominique McElligott – House of Cards Charlene McKenna – Ripper Street Charlie Murphy – Happy Valley

DIRECTOR DRAMA Anthony Byrne – Ripper Street Ciaran Donnelly – Vikings 4 Neasa Hardiman – Z: The Beginning of Everything Dathai Keane – An Klondike

SCRIPT DRAMA Gerard Barrett – Smalltown Barry Devlin – My Mother and Other Strangers Marcus Fleming – An Klondike James Phelan – Wrecking the Rising

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Seamus McGarvey – Nocturnal Animals Piers McGrail – Tomato Red Robbie Ryan – American Honey Cathal Watters – An Klondike 2

EDITING Colin Campbell – Young Offenders Dermot Diskin – The Secret Scripture Nick Emerson – I am Not Serial Killer Una Ni Dhonghaile – The Crown

PRODUCTION DESIGN Mark Geraghty – Vikings Season 4 Mark Kelly – An Klondike 2 Anna Rackard – Love & Friendship Derek Wallace – The Secret Scripture

COSTUME DESIGN Joan Bergin – The Secret Scripture Consolata Boyle – Florence Foster Jenkins Triona Lillis – An Klondike Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh – Love & Friendship

MAKE-UP & HAIR An Klondike Love & Friendship Vikings Wrecking the Rising

ORIGINAL MUSIC David Holmes – The Fall Steve Lynch – An Klondike Patrick Cassidy – Smalltown Brian Byrne – The Secret Scripture

SOUND Game of Thrones The Siege of Jadotville Tomato Red Without Name

VFX Black Sails Game Of Thrones Ripper Street The Siege of Jadotville Charleigh Bailey, who offers spirited back up to lead Seana Kerslake in A Date for Mad Mary, took best supporting actress. It had to be done.