The film, produced by Ireland’s Element Pictures, won seven awards, including film, director for Abrahamson, and script for Emma Donoghue. Larson won the award for international actress, while its other prizes were for editing, original music and sound.
“Brooklyn” earned awards for lead actress Saoirse Ronan and supporting actress Jane Brennan. Michael Fassbender picked up the award for lead actor for “Steve Jobs,” and the supporting actor honor went to Jack Reynor for “Sing Street.” Leonardo DiCaprio was named best international actor for “The Revenant,” and “Spotlight” was voted top international film.
On the TV drama side, Abú Media’s Irish-language series “An Klondike” won four awards, including best drama and actor for Dara Devaney. The supporting actor honor went to Moe Dunford for “Vikings,” while the supporting actress prize went to Sarah Greene for “Penny Dreadful.”
Stephen Fingleton, the director of feature film “The Survivalist,” won the Rising Star Award, while the feature documentary trophy went to Ken Wardrop’s “Mom & Me.”
Liam Neeson received the IFTA Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award — recognition for his 30-year career in cinema. Neeson was presented the award by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, with tributes posted by Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, among others.
Actress, producer and humanitarian Roma Downey received the Irish Diaspora Award, presented to her by musician and fellow humanitarian Bob Geldof.
Guests on the red carpet at Dublin’s Mansion House included Chris O’Dowd, Mia Goth, Jack Reynor, Natalie Dormer, Sarah Greene, Neil Jordan, Van Morrison, Andrew Scott and Eva Birthistle.
FULL IFTA 2016 WINNERS’ LIST:
Director Film: Lenny Abrahamson for Room
Script Film: Emma Donoghue for Room
Irish Film Board Rising Star: Stephen Fingleton
Lead Actor Film: Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs
Lead Actress Film: Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn
Supporting Actor Film: Jack Reynor for Sing Street
Supporting Actress Film: Jane Brennan for Brooklyn
George Morrison Feature Documentary: Mom & Me
Animated Short: Geist
Short Film: Stutterer
Drama: An Klondike
Director Drama: Neasa Hardiman for Happy Valley
Writer Drama: Marcus Fleming for An Klondike
Lead Actor Drama: Dara Devaney for An Klondike
Lead Actress Drama: Ruth Bradley for Rebellion
Supporting Actor Drama: Moe Dunford for Vikings
Supporting Actress Drama: Sarah Greene for Penny Dreadful
Director of Photography: Cathal Watters for Viva
Costume Design: Joan Bergin for Vikings
Editing: Nathan Nugent for Room
Make-Up and Hair: An Klondike
Original Music: Stephen Rennicks for Room
Production Design: Tom Conroy for Legend
VFX: The Frankenstein Chronicles (Screen Scene)
International Film: Spotlight
International Actor: Leonardo Di Caprio for The Revenant
International Actress: Brie Larson for Room