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‘Guard’ nabs five prizes at Irish Awards

Haul includes film, director and script

John Michael McDonagh’s “The Guard” was the big winner at the ninth Irish Film & TV Awards on Saturday evening at Dublin’s Convention Center, taking five prizes including best film.

McDonagh won for director, script and the Rising Star award, while “The Guard’s” Fionnula Flanagan was named best supporting actress. Flanagan also received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

But “The Guard” didn’t have everything its own way. Michael Fassbender took the actor prize for “Shame” ahead of Brendan Gleeson, while Ryan Gosling won the international actor award for “Drive” ahead of Don Cheadle.

Saoirse Ronan was named best actress for “Hanna.” Glenn Close won the international actress prize for “Albert Nobbs,” which also took awards for makeup and hair, sound and original score.

Best supporting actor went to Chris O’Dowd for “Bridesmaids,” while “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” won the prize for best international film.

Consolata Boyle nabbed the costume design award for “The Iron Lady,” and Seamus Garvey won the cinematography prize for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

Feature documentary laurels went to “Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey,” while “Corp & Anam” won the special Irish language award, and “The Boy in the Bubble” won the animation prize.

On the TV side, the second season of local gangster drama “Love/Hate” repeated last year’s triumph with seven wins, including drama, director, writer and actor (for Aidan Gillen), supporting actor and supporting actress.

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