'Hunger' tops IFTA awards

Robert Downey Jr., Eileen Walsh among actors honored

LONDON -- Turner prize winning artist Steve McQueen's directorial debut "Hunger" walked off with half a dozen Irish Film Awards, dished out Saturday evening in Dublin by the Irish Film And Television Academy.

The movie picked up nods including best film, while the winner of actor in a lead role went to the movie's Michael Fassbender. Liam Cunningham took the evening's supporting actor nod for his turn in McQueen's movie.

Lance Daly secured the evening's best film director nod for "Kisses."

Elsewhere Robert Downey Jr. scored the event's best international actor for his turn in "Iron Man," while Meryl Streep was named best international actress for "Mamma Mia!"

Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges" took home the best international film nod while McDonagh also received the evening's best script film award for "In Bruges."

Eileen Walsh was awarded best actress in a film for "Eden," while Saoirse Ronan secured the supporting actress nod for "Death Defying Acts."

The inaugural George Morrison feature documentary award was won by “Waveriders,” directed by Joel Conroy. It details the unlikely Irish roots of the worldwide surfing phenomenon.

The television nods were dominated by "The Tudors," which took home best drama series, soap and a slew of other nods including best television director for Ciaran Donnelly, best supporting actor for Peter O'Toole and a best supporting actress award for Maria Doyle Kennedy.

Fassbender was also presented with the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award.