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'The Guard,' Michael Fassbender: Irish Film Award Winners

Glenn Close Albert Nobbs
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

John Michael McDonagh's The Guard, reportedly the most successful independently made Irish production ever, won four top prizes at the 2012 Irish Film and Television Awards, held this evening in Dublin. The story of a tough, cynical, hard-drinking cop who goes after three drug dealers, McDonagh's comedy thriller won awards for Best Irish Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay (also McDonagh), and Best Supporting Actress for Fionnula Flanagan – who also happened to be the recipient of the Irish Film and Television Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, the London-born McDonagh received the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award. (See below the list of Irish Film and Television Drama winners.)

The Guard's star, Brendan Gleeson, lost the Best Actor Award to Shame's Michael Fassbender, who, in the United States, was recently bypassed by both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Academy Awards. In the New York-set, mostly British-made Shame, the German-Irish Fassbender plays a man deeply troubled by a very, very high sex drive.

The Best Actress winner was Saoirse Ronan in another international production, the thriller Hanna. Brendan Gleeson, in the running for Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs, also lost the Best Supporting Actor Award to Chris O'Dowd was the Best Supporting Actor for Paul Feig's American comedy Bridesmaids.

Among other notable Irish Film & TV Award winners were Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as Best International Film, Ryan Gosling as Best International Actor for Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller Drive, and Glenn Close as Best International Actress for her performance as an Irishwoman trying to pass for an Irishman in Albert Nobbs. The International Categories, I should add, featured only English-language films and performers. Apparently, the only foreign films shown in Ireland are those made in Hollywood or the UK.

Albert Nobbs, which was also up for Best Irish Film (Close was one of the film's producers) and Best Screenplay (Close was one of the two screenwriters), won only two other awards: Best Original Score (Brian Byrne) and Best Make-Up and Hair (Lorraine Glynn and Lynn Johnson). For obvious reasons, Close was not up for Best (Irish) Actress. (Unfortunately, the Irish Film Awards are unlike, say, the Spanish Academy's Goyas, which currently allows non-Spaniards to compete in regular categories.)

The evening's top television winner was David Caffrey's Love/Hate, which won awards for Best Television Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay for Stuart Carolan, Best Actor for Aidan Gillen, Best Supporting Actor for Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Best Supporting Actress for Denise McCormack, and Best Editing (TV or movies) for Isobel Stephenson. Ruth Negga was the Best Actress in a Television Drama for her performance as Shirley Bassey in Shirley.

Brendan Gleeson/The Guard photo: Sony Pictures.

Brendan Gleeson The Guard
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

Film Categories

Best Film
Albert Nobbs, Alan Moloney, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Glenn Close
Charlie Casanova, Terry McMahon
Stella Days, Jackie Larkin, Leslie McKimm
* The Guard, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Chris Cark, Flora Fernandez Marengo

Best Director
Rebecca Daly, The Other Side of Sleep
* John Michael McDonagh, The Guard
Terry McMahon, Charlie Casanova
Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Stella Days

Best Screenplay
John Banville, Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
* John Michael McDonagh, The Guard
Terry McMahon, Charlie Casanova
Antoine O'Flaherta, Stella Days

Best Actor
* Michael Fassbender, Shame
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Ciarán Hinds, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Martin Sheen, Stella Days

Best Actress
Aoife Duffin, Behold the Lamb
Antonia Campbell Hughes, The Other Side of Sleep
Marcella Plunkett, Stella Days
* Saoirse Ronan, Hanna

Best Supporting Actor
Liam Cunningham, The Guard
Brendan Gleeson, Albert Nobbs
Ciarán Hinds, The Debt
* Chris O'Dowd, Bridesmaids

Best Supporting Actress
Maria Doyle Kennedy, Albert Nobbs
* Fionnula Flanagan, The Guard
Brenda Fricker, Albert Nobbs
Amy Huberman, Stella Days

Best George Morrison Feature Documentary Award
* Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey, Lelia Doolan
Knuckle, Ian Palmer
Men of Arlington, Enda Hughes
Off the Beaten Track, Dieter Auner

Best Special Irish Language Award
* Corp + Anam, Paddy Hayes
Mobs Cheanada, Dathai Keane
Ray McAnally - M'Athair, Brian Reddin
Seacht, Colin O'Donnell

Best Animation
23 Degrees 5 Minutes, Darragh O'Connell
* The Boy in the Bubble, Kealan O'Rourke
The Last Train, Alex Sherwood
Origin, James Stacey

Best Short Film Award
The Boy in the Bubble, Kealan O' Rourke
Cluck, Michael Lavelle
Downpour, Claire Dix
* Foxes, Lorcan Finnegan
The Shore, Terry George

 

Best International Categories

Best International Film
Bridesmaids
Drive
Senna
* Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy directed by Tomas Alfredson

Best International Actor
Don Cheadle, The Guard
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
* Ryan Gosling, Drive
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best International Actress
* Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Kirsten Wiig, Bridesmaids

 

Best Television Drama categories

Best Drama
Corp + Anam, Paddy Hayes
Game of Thrones, Mark Huffam
* Love/Hate, Suzanne McAuley, Steve Matthews
The Borgias, Neil Jordan, James Flynn

Best Director
* David Caffrey, Love/Hate
Neil Jordan, The Borgias
Brian Kirk, Game of Thrones
Daniel O'Hara, Being Human

Best Writer
Neil Jordan, The Borgias
* Stuart Carolan, Love/Hate
Ronan Bennett, Hidden
Daire Mac Con Iomaire, Corp + Anam

Best Actor in a Lead Role
Diarmuid de Faoite, Corp + Anam
* Aidan Gillen, Love/Hate
Chris O'Dowd, The Crimson and the White Petal
David Pearse, Trivia

Best Actress in a Lead Role
Maria Doyle Kennedy, Corp + Anam
Michele Fairley, Game of Thrones
* Ruth Negga, Shirley
Aisling O'Sullivan, Raw

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones
Robert Sheehan, Misfits
* Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Love/Hate

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Eva Birthistle, Strike Back
Bronagh Gallagher, The Field of Blood
* Denise McCormack, Love/Hate
Ruth Negga, Misfits

 

Best Craft/Technical categories (Film/TV Drama)

Best Costume Design
Joan Bergin, Camelot
* Consolata Boyle, The Iron Lady
Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh, Neverland
Lorna Marie Mugan, Treasure Island

Best Director of Photography
Seamus Deasy, Neverland
Suzie Lavelle, The Other Side of Sleep
* Seamus McGarvey, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Robbie Ryan, Wuthering Heights

Best Editing
Dermot Diskin, Stella Days
Tony Kearns, Charlie Casanova
Úna Ní Dhonghaíle, Dr. Who
* Isobel Stephenson, Love/Hate

Best Make-Up & Hair
* Lorraine Glynn/Lynn Johnson, Albert Nobbs
Dee Corcoran/Tom Mc Inerney, Camelot
Ailbhe Lemass/Lorraine Glynn, Neverland
Joni Galvin/Eileen Buggy, Stella Days

Best Original Score
* Brian Byrne, Albert Nobbs
Darragh O'Toole, Ballymun Lullaby
Stephen McKeon, Legends of Valhalla: Thor
Ray Harman, Love/Hate

Best Production Design
Tom Conroy, Camelot
Stephen Daly, Love/Hate
John Paul Kelly, The Guard
* Anna Rackard, Stella Days

Best Sound
* Albert Nobbs, Brendan Deasy, Niall Brady, Michelle Cunniffe, Steve Fanagan
Game of Thrones, Ronan Hill, Sound Post Production Team
Love/Hate, Brendan Deasy, Mark Henry, Fiadhnait McCann
The Guard, Robert Flanagan, Michelle Cuniffe, Niall Brady

Lifetime Achievement Award: Fionnula Flanagan

Irish Film Board Rising Star: John Michael McDonagh

Brendan Gleeson/The Guard photo: Sony Pictures.

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