Art and Experience: Lenny Abrahamson’s Room swept the IFTA Awards for Film and Drama at a ceremony in Dublin last night, winning seven trophies.
The film, about a mother and son kept captive in a bunker, won best film, best director, best screenplay, best score and best editing. It also picked up awards for best sound and best international actress for Brie Larson, who won the Oscar for best actress in February.
The award means that Room producer Element Pictures has won six best film awards in the 13 years the IFTA’s have been running.
Liam Neeson was in Dublin to receive the IFTA Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award – recognition for his celebrated 30 year career in cinema. Neeson was presented the award by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, with tributes from Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg among others.
Stephen Fingleton, director of The Survivalist, won the Irish Film Board Rising Star IFTA Award while Michael Fassbender won best actor for Steve Jobs and Saoirse Ronan won best actress for Brooklyn.
IFTA mirrored the Oscar results in the international categories. As well as Larson’s win for best international actress, Leonardo Dicaprio was named best international actor for The Revenant while Spotlight won best international film.
FULL IFTA 2016 WINNERS’ LIST
Best Film: Room
Best Director Film: Lenny Abrahamson for Room
Best Script Film: Emma Donoghue for Room
Irish Film Board Rising Star: Stephen Fingleton
Best Lead Actor Film: Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs
Best Lead Actress Film: Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn
Best Supporting Actor Film: Jack Reynor for Sing Street
Best Supporting Actress Film: Jane Brennan for Brooklyn
George Morrison Feature Documentary: Mom & Me
Best Animated Short: Geist
Best Short Film: Stutterer
Best Drama: An Klondike
Best Director Drama: Neasa Hardiman for Happy Valley
Best Writer Drama: Marcus Fleming for An Klondike
Best Lead Actor Drama: Dara Devaney for An Klondike
Best Lead Actress Drama: Ruth Bradley for Rebellion
Best Supporting Actor Drama: Moe Dunford for Vikings
Best Supporting Actress Drama: Sarah Greene for Penny Dreadful
Best Director of Photography: Cathal Watters for Viva
Best Costume Design: Joan Bergin for Vikings
Best Editing: Nathan Nugent for Room
Best M.A.C. Make-Up and Hair: An Klondike
Best Original Music: Stephen Rennicks for Room
Best Production Design: Tom Conroy for Legend
Best Sound: Room
Best VFX: The Frankenstein Chronicles (Screen Scene)
Best International Film: Spotlight
Best International Actor: Leonardo Dicaprio for The Revenant
Best International Actress: Brie Larson for Room